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.
While the U.N. debated strategies for control of atomic energy, the U.S. Navy was preparing for nuclear tests on Bikini Island.
Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.
They were the first to brave the unknown.
The young CBS reporter changed his pacifist ideals after reporting on the rise of fascism in Europe during World War II.
James Michael Curley and his sophisticated political machine dominated Boston for almost half a century.
The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought.
An American Communist family that had fled to Moscow in the late 1920s, return to America in 1935 but can not bring their 5-year-old son.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.