The Untold History Of The United States
On Sale: October 30, 2012
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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
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
· 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.
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.
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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