Press: The Telling of the Pentagon

In a five-hour documentary, CBS incisively probes U.S. defense

The picture that will remain longest in most viewers' minds will doubtless be the simulation of a 15-megaton thermonuclear fireball devastating Omaha. The $87,000 worth of special effects lavished on that sequence conveyed as much vivid horror as any megabucks sci-fi movie. But it would be a pity if that memory distracted attention from other merits of the CBS News series The Defense of the United States, which aired for an hour on each of five successive nights last week. Complex issues, like...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!