Soviet leader Joseph Stalin tries to build an image as the sole conqueror of the Second World War as he consolidates his grip on Eastern Europe. Within Germany's borders, a game of psychological chicken between east and west leads to the dramatic Berlin Blockade and Airlift. While Americans enjoy unprecedented prosperity, Senator Joseph McCarthy's House on un-American Activities leads a witch-hunt against anyone suspected of pro-communist views. Stalin leads his own witch-hunt within the communist empire. The balancing of the nuclear scales will lead to a climate of fear and mistrust that will last for more than forty years.