“Weapon of Choice” is a part of 13 series documentary produced in 1989 that outlines the history of nuclear weapons creation and the impact of nuclear arms on world politics after World War II. The video spans from the Cold War era, the growth of superpowers dependency on nuclear weapons to the end of the Korean War in 1953. It illustrates in a chronological manner the events that led to the rise of Cold War emanating from the expansion of Soviet Union in Europe and subsequent competition for nuclear arms dominance with the U.S. The one hour documentary film is narrated by Gene Galusha and includes numerous comments by world’s physicists.
Among the key points addressed in the documentary are the gross mistrust and competition between the Soviet Union and the United States at the onset of the Cold War. The competition drove the two world super powers into an arms race leading to the development of hydrogen bombs and subsequent successful testing of the weapons by both fronts. Some of the scientists and physicists had predicted the impossibility of the United States maintaining its monopoly in the nuclear weapon production and turning its efforts towards internationalizing control in the development of atomic and nuclear weapons. As mistrust continued to grow, so did the momentum in the arms race. By the time the Korean War was coming to an end in 1953, the U.S had tripled its nuclear stockpile. In total, the United States had over one thousand nuclear bombs. This was ten times more than the number of nuclear bombs accumulated by the Soviet Union. With the expansion of the nuclear arsenals and continuing focus on military prominence and diplomatic decision making, the world entered a new era after the nuclear age. In the new era both nations favored annihilation or total destruction of nuclear arms in an attempt to protect themselves.
Atomic arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War era is the main pertinent issue addresses in the “Weapon of Choice” documentary. The impact of nuclear weapons, particularly their political implications, is illustrated in the chronological order. The tape provides a clear description of the nuclear age during the Cold War.