A Call To ValorAired on Feb 17, 2019
The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges an unprepared United States into World War Two. Among the 16 million Americans who serve on active duty are 8 American Presidents: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Bush, Ford, Reagan and Eisenhower. Night One of this epic event special follows these men through war in both the European and Pacific theaters, starting in December 1941 through late 1943, telling the story of their war experiences and how those experiences shaped them as leaders. In the Pacific, Johnson is nearly killed in a twist of fate, and JFK’s PT boat is blown up, Reagan becomes the popular face of the American soldier, Carter joins the US Naval Academy® and Eisenhower moves from a rookie to a seasoned general as he leads the invasion of North Africa, Italy–and prepares for D-Day.
Their Finest HoursAired on Feb 18, 2019
Among the 16 million Americans who served on active duty during World War Two are eight American Presidents: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Bush, Ford, Reagan and Eisenhower. Night Two of this epic event special follows these men from late 1943 to the wars’ end, in both the European and Pacific theaters. From D-Day to the final Pacific Island hopping campaigns, we see what they experience and how that shapes them as leaders. Nixon faces a barrage of live fire, Bush is shot down in the Pacific, Ford faces kamikazes on the USS Monterey and Eisenhower takes on perhaps the greatest invasion in world history–the invasion of Normandy.
Presidents at War is a two-night HISTORY event. This landmark series tells the story of World War II through the experiences of eight remarkable men. Men who, like sixteen million other Americans, bravely serve their country during its darkest hour, and then go on to further service as the nation’s Commanders-in-Chief. Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. This is the story of how their war experiences change them, how they emerge from conflict as leaders and how the crucible of war shapes the decisions they make when they reach the White House.