New Theater of War

A docudrama gives a glimpse of "crisis management"

According to The Day After, the world ends with a ghastly nuclear bang. But according to another fictional program broadcast on ABC last week, the world does not end at all, thanks to the sober deliberations of U.S. and Soviet leaders. The Crisis Game, a docudrama produced by ABC News' Nightline and broadcast for four nights running, was an extraordinary TV hybrid. Ten former high Government officials, acting the unscripted parts of a President and his National Security Council, coped with an imaginary U.S.-Soviet crisis set...

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