July 27, 2013 Marks 60th Anniversary of Korean War's End

Noted Documentarian Sheds Light on Eisenhower's Efforts to End the War and Wage Peace in an Unstable World

Jul 09, 2013, 09:00 ET from George A. Colburn

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 27, the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice will be observed by the nation's top civilian and military leaders and an estimated 2.4 million service veterans. 

As your team plans your coverage of this date, please consider tapping the wisdom and video resources of writer-producer George A. Colburn, the nation's foremost documentarian of Eisenhower and his era.  Colburn's latest film includes carefully chosen, quality footage on Eisenhower's role in ending the Korean conflict -- just six months after he took office. 

"Eisenhower's Secret War" is also interesting for its insights into other issues that are still in the headlines today:  flashpoints in Asia and the Middle East; the overthrow of dictators; new modes of warfare and intelligence; a president trying to strike the right balance between restraint and use of power; and a war-weary public.

According to Colburn, Ike's "secret war" was a matter of "covertly seeking peace, and he was often opposed by his military and diplomatic advisers as well as our allies in the fight versus worldwide communism."

Hosted by best-selling author and journalist Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World, the program features fascinating footage of Eisenhower in action from the outbreak of the Korean War in the summer of 1950 through his two terms in the White House.  It delves into Eisenhower's responses to the anti-Communist crusade of Sen. Joseph McCarthy; the 1956 Suez Canal and Hungary crises; the rise of nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles; Sputnik; Khrushchev; and the U2 spy plane incident.  It ends on his prescient farewell address, which warned of the growing power of the "military-industrial complex."   

In creating the documentary, Colburn -- who produced three specials on Eisenhower in the early 1990s and a five-hour series in 1997 -- was able to draw upon more than 400 hours of interviews that he has amassed since 1990.

Michigan-based Colburn is experienced in giving print and broadcast interviews.  He can travel to any studio or speak to interviewers by Skype, telephone, or email.  DVDs of "Eisenhower's Secret War" can be express-shipped to any journalist by Jane Garver, jgarver@starbrightmc.com. The documentary is also available for online streaming here -- http://www.ambrosedigital.com/ -- and airing on Public Television stations nationwide (upcoming air dates here).  More info is available at http://www.eisenhowerssecretwar.com/.

Other video resources are available upon request. 

CONTACT: George Colburn: gac@starbrightmc.com, 231-535-2440 (office), and 202-258-4887 (cell); Diane Smiroldo:  diane@smiroldocommunications.com, 703-819-1963 (cell)

SOURCE George A. Colburn