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Chapter 5: The 50s - Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World 

Documentary by Oliver Stone. E.5: Eisenhower and the CIA played a great part in the shaping of the world in the 1950's;the development of the Cold war and the nerve-wrecking battle against communism, driven on by the U.S.

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Documentary by Oliver Stone. E.5: Eisenhower and the CIA played a great part in the shaping of the world in the 1950's;the development of the Cold war and the nerve-wrecking battle against communism, driven on by the U.S.

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The Nuclear Arms Race
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 50's - Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World is the fifth episode of the documentary series.

In it,Oliver Stone and his collaborators tries to examine the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower,the prosperity of the United States after the war,the relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union,the participation of the United States in the Korean War and the nuclear armament of the the country that led to the nuclear arms race between the Russians and the Americans.It also explored further the efforts of the United States to prevent the spread of Communism globally through their Containment policy and the effect of the death of Joseph Stalin which contributed to the detriment of the US-Soviet relations.Aside from that,the conspiracies being tackled in this particular episode are the doctrine of the Nuclear annihilation,the rise of the Military Industrial Complex as a force in the U.S government and the growth of McCarthyism.Finally,the legacy of Eisenhower presidency on the country and the change of the country's global role was part of the narrative.

This was a informative especially as we see the Cold War come into full effect after its origins was discussed in the previous episode.Added to that,we also get to know more about Eisenhower as president who was partly responsible with the rise of the Military Industrial Complex due to the Containment policy.The involvement of the United States in future wars such as the Korean War,the Vietnam War,the wars in the Middle East particularly Iraq and the Afghan war among many others.Policing the world has become part of the country's role and it all started during the 50's due to fear of Communism. Although I felt that the documentary was totally against the U.S. involvement in global affairs particularly wars,it somehow did not provide many positive effects that the U.S. did for world peace.Obviously,the filmmakers felt that the U.S. should have minded their own business for only negative effects resulted from it. Although I personally am not in favor of the U.S. policing the world,it should have at least provided some positive benefits it provided to give a fair account of it during the 50's.


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