George H.W. Bush was changed forever by his time as a combat pilot in World War II.
Narrator: For the next month, George Bush joined the Finback's crew. Aboard he agonized about the fate of his gunner Ted White and radioman John Delaney. One went down with the plane. The other's chute never opened. "It still plagues me if I gave those guys enough time to get out," the former flyboy said with quiet emotion almost 60 years later. "I think about those guys all the time."
Timothy Naftali, biographer: He was an emotive, an emotional leader, much more emotional than people thought. He cried quite readily. One thing that made George Bush a less appealing candidate was that he refused to show his emotions. That's not what a man did -- a man of his generation and of his upbringing. And so the public saw a slightly awkward man who didn't seem quite ready to share his true self with them. When you got to know him, the human side, the emotional side was there. It came out.
Narrator: "I'll never forget the beauty of the Pacific," Bush would write about the watches he stood at night. He had time to think about "how much family meant to me."
The African American jazz composer and bandleader performed regularly at Harlem's Cotton Club, leaving a legacy in music.
The story of James Garfield, one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president, and his assassination by a deluded madman.
A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend. Part of the Wild West collection.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
The story of a Russian immigrant and anarchist who is said to have inspired the assassination of President William McKinley.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America's least understood presidents. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.