Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain—A Role Model on Showtime’s ‘Homeland’

One of the hottest new shows on television focused recently on the heroics of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Bowdoin Class of 1852). “Homeland” is the story of Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, who returns home eight years after going missing in Iraq, and Carrie Mathison, a driven—and possibly unstable—CIA officer who suspects Brody might be plotting an attack on America. The Showtime series, which has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards, recently completed its first season and has been renewed for a second. In season one’s penultimate episode, Brody takes his wife and two teenage children to the battlefield at Gettysburg, where he describes Chamberlain’s leadership at Little Round Top. Later at the motel, Brody urges his son to be “brave and daring” in life, just like the leader of the 20th Maine.


  1. Bob Johnson55 says:

    I saw this seris on Showtime. Best miniseries I’ve seen in years, with terrific acting by Clare Danes as the seriously unstable CIA agent and a British actor (whose name escapes me) as the Marine sergeant who praised Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (in between wiring himself with explosives that fail to ignite.) More
    suspense than anything on the tube in years.

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