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The Untold History of the United States

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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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Number of Pages: 750
Original Languages: English
Author: Kuznick, Peter ,  Stone, Oliver
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781451613513
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.50 x 2.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 1451613512
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Wonderful book and price however received damaged
12/1/2012

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I was so happy with the price and I recevied the book before the committed delivery date. Unfortunately, the book cover was torn in two places upon receipt. Most likely due to the type of packaging. I will order from Walmart.com again and hopefully will not have this problem again.in the future. I decided to keep the book for myself and purchased another for the Christmas gift it was intended for. I'm interested to see how the book compares to the mini-series as well as the history and information provided by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.

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Fast delivery, low price. It's a 1800 page book so you'll have to get back to me on how good the read is. So far so good, an insider look at presidents, wars, decisions, and why decisions were made etc.

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Oliver Stone stirs the American melting pot.
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The information presented here allows for thoughtful reflection on untold history. Students with research skills can delve farther into the History to see real humans making real choices.

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