The Sixties (2014)
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The World on the Brink 

The world was on the brink of war when tensions between the United States and the USSR reached a turning point with the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 62'. The Bay of Pigs and the construction of the Berlin Wall is also reviewed.
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Elie Abel Elie Abel ... Himself - ABC News (archive footage)
Piers Anderton Piers Anderton ... Himself - NBC News (archive footage)
Willy Brandt ... Himself - German Statesman (archive footage)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself - USSR Premier (archive footage)
Fidel Castro ... Himself - Cuban Premier (archive footage)
John Chancellor ... Himself - NBC News (archive footage)
Charles Collingwood ... Himself - CBS News (archive footage)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself - CBS News (archive footage)
Robert Dallek ... Himself - Author
Michael Dobbs ... Himself - Author
Douglas Edwards ... Himself - CBS News (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - US President (archive footage)
Bill Fox Bill Fox ... Himself - UPI (archive footage)
Yuri Gagarin ... USSR Cosmonaut (archive footage)
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... Himself - Newsreel Narrator (voice) (archive footage)
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The world was on the brink of war when tensions between the United States and the USSR reached a turning point with the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 62'. The Bay of Pigs and the construction of the Berlin Wall is also reviewed.

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5 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The Kennedys and Beyond
23 July 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode focuses on the the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs, and other obstacles during the short presidency of John F. Kennedy. I remember coming home from school one night and having my mother tell me that the world may be ending. The adults were scared and I was clueless. The very idea of brinkmanship reared its ugly head. Fortunately, the Russians decided to save face and get the missiles out of Cuba. Who knows if a bit of bad luck might have brought about what my mother told me. We also get a look at the implications of the Johnson administration following the assassination of Kennedy and his inheritance of Vietnam. We also have the whole thing dealing with Francis Gary Powers and the splitting of Germany. It is all well portrayed in this effort.


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