Author(s): Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick
A companion to Oliver Stone's ten-part Showtime documentary series in the tradition of Howard Zinn's "People's History of the United States," this cutting-edge and provocative book challenges the status quo of American history.
Multiple Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone (once called "Dostoevsky behind a camera") has directed such iconic movies as "Platoon," "Wall Street," "JFK," "Natural Born Killers," and "W "and is known for his often controversial point of view and probing exploration of weighty historical and political topics. Now, Stone collaborates with esteemed American University professor Peter Kuznick to present our country's "secret history," one that has been unearthed through recently discovered archives and newly declassified material.
Filled with poignant photos and little-known historical facts, this book covers the rise of the American Empire and national security state from the late nineteenth century through the Obama administration, revealing how deeply rooted the seemingly aberrant policies of the Bush-Cheney administration are in the nation's past--and why it has proven so difficult for President Obama to significantly change course.
By discerning patterns that have previously gone unrecognized and examining the most recently released classified documents, Stone and Kuznick challenge prevailing orthodoxies and ask questions not normally raised. The result is not the kind of history taught in schools or represented on television or in popular movies, and it will come as a surprise to the vast majority of American and global citizens, shocking and astounding both experts and history-lovers alike.
An undertaking that Oliver Stone sees as his greatest achievement so far, The Untold History of the United States is a monumental history of the last 100 years of American Imperialism and the national security state, from the late nineteenth century through to the Obama administration. It uses freshly uncovered archives and newly declassified material to tell the 'untold history' of a foreign policy, which has determined and manipulated the course of world events across the twentieth century. This history sheds new light on the forces that were determining events through both World Wars, the Cold War from Ike to Reagan, and political misdemeanours from Nixon to both Bush administrations, as well as the influence of the likes of the Christian right, oil and business interests, and non-elected cabals like PNAC (the Project for the Next American Century) on key policy. It is a history which challenges the foundations of the prevailing popular visions of American Empire.
The book to accompany Oliver Stone's landmark 10-part documentary series, The Untold History of the United States
"By casting a spotlight on the shadier aspects of America's past, as well as the humane alternatives, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick provide a thought-provoking rebuttal to the nationalist myths that are far too often served up as history. They remind us that, until Americans have the courage to confront reality, they will remain trapped by their illusions."
Oliver Stone is an Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter. Many of his films have raised key questions about defining moments in US history. They include Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Nixon, World Trade Centre and W.Peter Kuznick is a Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University