The launch of Sputnik 50 years ago almost triggered a nuclear World War III. Global catastrophe was averted, however, because of a private agreement between two ex-generals. Now, with the help of recently released documents from the former Soviet Union, the full story of how close we cam to global nuclear war can be told for the first time. Written by
SPOILERS I never had much education about the Eisenhower years, now this documentary is complementing a book I'm reading, " The American Way of War" by Eugene Jarecki, the guy who did the film, "Why we Fight". Ike was a military man who tried to hold back the military, and apparently so was Kruschev, in some ways.
Sputnik inspired awe, then fear and the arms race. But Ike tried to put a peaceful spin on it to the end.
Also amazing, if I remember the film correctly, 1958 alone had hundreds of atomic tests by the US and the USSR! I had no idea there were so many.
And seeing the strange, reluctant reliance on Werner Von Braun, and Von Braun's utterly cloudless, arrogant demeanor - what a complicated world this is, was and will always be.
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