Science and the military converged under a cloak of secrecy at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As part of the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos — both its very existence and the work that went on there — was kept from Americans during World War II.
Many of the thousands of scientists on the project were not officially aware of what they were working on. Though they were not permitted to talk to anyone about their work, including each other, by 1945 some had figured out that they were in fact building an atomic bomb.
Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.
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.
Accounting for America's most famous inventor and his role in America's future.
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
Two days in 1967 revealed a nation divided over a war that continues to haunt us.