The Mariana Islands are located 1,500 miles from Japan in the Central Pacific. In 1944 this proximity made them strategically important to the U.S. war effort. The U.S. Army Air Forces wanted to use the islands as launching pads for B-29 bomber attacks on Japanese targets. The islands were also crucial for the Japanese, who had 30,000 troops stationed on the island of Saipan to stop the American advance.
The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
American prisoners of war in North Vietnam tell of their experiences at the Hanoi Hilton and other notorious prisons.
The U.S. and the Soviet Union race to build the hydrogen bomb during the Cold War, thus beginning the nuclear arms race.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
The story of the dramatic post-World War II tribunal that brought Nazi leaders to justice and defines trial procedure for state criminals to this day.
The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought.