EISENHOWER'S SECRET WAR examines Dwight D. Eisenhower's unwavering commitment - both public and covert - to peaceful co-existence with the USSR in the tumultuous and uneasy Cold War years. Based on recent research by established scholars and writers, the two-part documentary series provides a fresh understanding of how Eisenhower's national security policies and tactics kept a divided world at peace during the 1950s and in the ensuing decades. The first part, "The Lure of the Presidency," chronicles the movement to draft Eisenhower - then NATO commander in Europe - as the Republican candidate for president in 1952. The second hour, "Building Weapons, Talking Peace, " recounts President Eisenhower's battles against the Soviet Union in the escalating arms race. Hosted by Evan Thomas, journalist and author of the critically acclaimed book Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World, EISENHOWER'S SECRET WAR features the accounts of more than 20 witnesses, both American and Soviet, to the major events of the era.
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