With extensive archival footage and in depth interviews this four part series presents the history of the nuclear arms race over the past 50 years. The beginnings and evolving crisis, 1945-1957: This program examines the origins and early development of the Cold War, the end of World War II, the development of the atomic bomb, the Russian subjugation of Eastern Europe, the Korean Warm the Marshall Plan, developments in the Middle East, and the creation and development of nuclear weapons and strategies. Sputnik, Cuba, Vietnam, 1957-1968: This program covers the launching of Sputnik and its impact on America, the U 2 flights and the capture of Gary Powers, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall, the gradual development of detente, and the origins and early stages of US involvement in the Indo-China conflict. Vietnam, Nixon, Carter, 1968-1979: This program follows the US struggle to reach a consensus concerning American involvement in Vietnam, the efforts of Kissinger and Nixon, the presidency of Carter, and the heightened conflict in Third World countries. Reagan to present, 1979-present: This program presents the failure of the Soviet's in Afghanistan, the peacetime US armaments build up under Reagan, "Star Wars," the reforms of Gorbachev, the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the USSR, 9/11 and other terrorist attacks on America today.