The Untold History of the United States

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The Untold History of the United States

Format:  Hardcover,

750 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781451613513

ISBN-10: 1451613512

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The companion to the Showtime documentary series, director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books in this thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history.
"At last the world knows America as the savior of the world "--Woodrow Wilson
The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop's 1630 sermon aboard the "Arbella, "still warps Americans' understanding of their nation's role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions. But history tells a different story as filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick reveal in this riveting account of the rise and decline of the American empire.
Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world's best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented "People's History of the American Empire" that offers startling context to the Bush-Cheney policies that put us at war in two Muslim countries and show us why the Obama administration has had such a difficult time cleaving a new path.
Stone and Kuznick will introduce readers to a pantheon of heroes and villains as they show not only how far the United States has drifted from its democratic traditions, but the powerful forces that have struggled to get us back on track.
The authors reveal that:
- The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were militarily unnecessary and morally indefensible.
- The United States, not the Soviet Union, bore the lion's share of responsibility for perpetuating the Cold War.
- The U.S. love affair with right-wing dictators has gone as far as overthrowing elected leaders, arming and training murderous military officers, and forcing millions of people into poverty.
- U.S.-funded Islamist fundamentalists, who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, have blown back to threaten the interests of the U.S. and its allies.
- U.S. presidents, especially in wartime, have frequently trampled on the constitution and international law.
- The United States has brandished nuclear threats repeatedly and come terrifyingly close to nuclear war.
American leaders often believe they are unbound by history, yet Stone and Kuznick argue that we must face our troubling history honestly and forthrightly in order to set a new course for the twenty-first century. Their conclusions will challenge even experts, but there is one question only readers can answer: Is it too late for America to change?

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781451613513
ISBN-10: 1451613512
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 750
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 2.0
Walmart No.: 9781451613513

About the author

Biography of Stone, Oliver

William Oliver Stone was born on September 15, 1946 in New York City. He attended Yale University for two years but left to enlist the U.S. Army requesting combat duty in Vietnam. He fought with the 25th Infantry Division, then with the First Cavalry Division, earning a Bronze Star, a Army Commendation Medal, and a Purple Heart before his discharge in 1968 after 15 months. Stone graduated from film school at New York University in 1971, where he was mentored by director Martin Scorsese.

He is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. In the late 1970's, Stone was a scriptwriter and directed his first two films Seizure and The Hand. In 1978 he won his first Academy Award, after adapting true-life jail tale Midnight Express into a hit film for British director Alan Parker (the two would later collaborate on a 1996 movie of stage musical Evita). His other films include Scarface, Conan the Barbarian, JFK, and Natural Born Killers. He received two more Academy Awards for his work on the films Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. His book, The Untold History of The United States, was published in 2012.

Chapter outline

Forewordp. IX
Introduction: Roots of Empire: "War Is a Racketp. XI
World War I: Wilson vs. Leninp. 1
The New Deal: "I Welcome their Hatredp. 45
World War II: Who Really Defeated Germany?p. 87
The Bomb: The Tragedy of a Small Manp. 131
The Cold War: Who Started It?p. 181
Eisenhower: A Not So Pretty Picturep. 227
JFK: "The Most Dangerous Moment in Historyp. 273
LBJ: Empire Derailedp. 325
Nixon and Kissinger: The "Madman" and the "Psychopathp. 355
Collapse of Detente: Darkness at Noonp. 391
The Reagan Years: Death Squads for Democracyp. 421
The Cold War Ends: Squandered Opportunitiesp. 463
The Bush-Cheney Debacle: "The Gates of Hell are Open in Iraqp. 499
Obama: Managing a Wounded Empirep. 549
Acknowledgmentsp. 617
Notesp. 619
Photo Creditsp. 711
Indexp. 713

Book description

The companionto the Showtime documentary series, director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional historybooks in this thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history.

"At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!"--Woodrow Wilson

The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop's 1630 sermon aboard the Arbella, still warps Americans' understanding of their nation's role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions. But history tells a different story as filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick reveal in this riveting account of the rise and decline of the American empire.

Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world's best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented "People's History of the American Empire" that offers startling context to the Bush-Cheney policies that put us at war in two Muslim countries and show us why the Obama administration has had such a difficult time cleaving a new path.

Stone and Kuznick will introduce readers to a pantheon of heroes and villains as they show not only how far the United States has drifted from its democratic traditions, but the powerful forces that have struggled to get us back on track.

The authors reveal that:

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were militarily unnecessary and morally indefensible.

The United States, not the Soviet Union, bore the lion's share of responsibility for perpetuating the Cold War.

The U.S. love affair with right-wing dictators has gone as far as overthrowing elected leaders, arming and training murderous military officers, and forcing millions of people into poverty.

U.S.-funded Islamist fundamentalists, who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, have blown back to threaten the interests of the U.S. and its allies.

U.S. presidents, especially in wartime, have frequently trampled on the constitution and international law.

The United States has brandished nuclear threats repeatedly and come terrifyingly close to nuclear war.

American leaders often believe they are unbound by history, yet Stone and Kuznick argue that we must face our troubling history honestly and forthrightly in order to set a new course for the twenty-first century. Their conclusions will challenge even experts, but there is one question only readers can answer: Is it too late for America to change?

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