Focusing on the rise of America's global influence, this chapter spotlights the complex wartime maneuverings of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin.
This chapter explores how Truman's vice presidency and Stalin's attempt to control Eastern Europe impacted the post-World War II political landscape.
Examine the mythology promoted by the U.S. about the atomic bombing of Japan and how the blasts sowed the seeds of mistrust in the Soviet Union.
Explore how Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, the Greek civil war and McCarthyism in the United States helped heat up the Cold War.
With Eisenhower elected president, American diplomatic relations with the USSR turn even colder and the threat of nuclear Armageddon grows.
JFK was president for just a few short years, but his successes and failures on the international stage charted America's course for decades.
The escalation of the war in Vietnam transformed multiple presidencies and marked a sea change in America's interventionist policies overseas.
America shifts to the right under Reagan, whose secret wars and relationship with the USSR contribute to a complex legacy of peace and bloodshed.
The Soviet Union's collapse inspires massive economic and political changes around the world, including increased U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
While the U.S. escalates its efforts to stem the rise of terrorism at home and abroad, China emerges as a global economic superpower.
The election of William McKinley, the Russian Revolution and World War I help set the stage for the U.S. to become a global superpower.
As Hitler rises to power and World War II looms, Franklin Roosevelt inherits a divided United States rife with conflict and economic hardship.