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KCET Presents 'Eisenhower's Secret War'
Hosted by newsman Evan Thomas, two-part series features more than 20 key
witness accounts - American, British and Soviet - to major events of the era.
BURBANK, CA--June 2, 2014--KCET, the nation's largest independent public
television station, has announced it will air EISENHOWER'S SECRET WAR, a
new documentary that examines Dwight D. Eisenhower's unwavering commitment --
both public and covert -- to peaceful co-existence with the Soviet Union 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 Eisenhower's path to the
presidency from the time of the successful D-Day landings and, as president,
how his national security policies and tactics kept a divided world at peace
during the 1950s. Hosted by public television news commentator and author Evan
Thomas, EISENHOWER'S SECRET WAR features the accounts of more than 20
key witnesses -- American, British and Soviet -- to the major events of the era.
Monday, June 9, 2014 at 9 p.m.: "The
Lure of Presidency"
The first part chronicles Eisenhower's exploits in World War II, his decision
to enter presidential politics, and his fulfillment of an election promise to
seek a solution to ending the Korean War, after more than 33,000 military
deaths. It also follows the grassroots movement to draft Eisenhower as the
Republican candidate for president; Eisenhower's reluctant decision to leave
his powerful position at NATO; his fight for the Republican Party's nomination
against "neo-isolationist" Sen. Robert Taft, the leader of the GOP; his
campaign against Democrat Adlai Stevenson; and finally, his election as the
Monday, June 16, 2014 at 9 p.m.: "Building Weapons, Talking Peace"
The second part recounts President Eisenhower's diplomatic confrontations
against the Soviet Union during the early Cold War years, crises prompted by
aggressive Kremlin-sponsored action around the world. It also documents his
attempts to keep the peace while establishing a clear superiority for the U.S.
in the nuclear arms "race." He used what scholars have called his "hidden hand"
tactics to keep that superiority under wraps despite intense criticism that the
U.S. was falling behind the USSR in military strength. Thanks to the use of the
U-2 spy plane, "Ike" knew the weaknesses of the Soviet Union, but he kept that
information secret as he pushed his policies of peaceful co-existence in a
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