The Untold History of the United States

The Untold History of the United States

Book - 2011
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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:
#65533; The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were militarily unnecessary and morally indefensible.
#65533; The United States, not the Soviet Union, bore the lion's share of responsibility for perpetuating the Cold War.
#65533; 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.
#65533; 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.
#65533; U.S. presidents, especially in wartime, have frequently trampled on the constitution and international law.
#65533; 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?
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451613513
1451613512
Branch Call Number: 973.91
Characteristics: xxxiii, 750 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kuznick, Peter J.

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StarGladiator
Nov 25, 2015

Throughout the Warren Commission Report, you won't find any mention of this, but if you examine the box of materials affiliated with that report, you'll come across the name, Pfc. Eugene B. Dinkin? Huh?
Mr. Dinkin, a great American hero, unknown, as most usually are, was in the Army's crypto section at Metz, France back in 1963. He came across a transmitted cable, which he decoded, between the CIA's section head in Rome, Italy [Bill Harvey] and a rightwing fascist paramilitary organization in France, the OAS. It was setting a date to assassinate the president [11/22 to 11/28]. He tried to pass this on, with no effect, so went AWOL to Switzerland to attempt to get various UN organizations, et cetera, to pay attention, but unfortunately he failed, and was picked up by the Army and incarcerated at the hospital stateside and given violent electro-shock treatments and schizophrenia-inducing drugs until he finally changed his story admitted he had imagined it all, repeating the story the Army psychs fed him!
Eugene B. Dinkin would later sue the government in 1975. Try to find out about it if you can?
This isn't in this book, but the other stuff is equally as great, enlightening and stomach-turning!

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VicWhy
Jan 27, 2013

Most political leaders have lied excessively to their electorate/subjects. The world needs more whistleblowers to expose the dishonest, unethical crap that permeates their two-faced policies.

Reading this book has further eroded my trust in so-called government leaders. And I am severely disillusioned by the behaviour and advice of the gurus they surround themselves with.

Untold History should be read by every world citizen, but especially by those of the US and Canada.

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writer13
Jan 26, 2013

An informative and eye-opening treatise on the history of a nation. Not an easy read, but well worth the investment of time; the last pages of this book actually gave me chills! One of the best history books I've ever read. Cudos to the authors for detailing the hidden ambitions and numerous atrocities behind the effort to construct an empire in place of a republic. Highly recommended reading.

xaipe Dec 30, 2012

Fascinating analysis of historical events not usually covered in standard texts. Napoleon once said that "History is a pack of lies agreed upon." Some of these lies and omissions are examined in this book and videos. I particularly liked the final chapter on Obama and the analysis of why he did/does not honor his campaign promises. Video series recently released on Showtime. First chapter available on You Tube & Yahoo. This book is an excellent compliment to Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."

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bbb1771
Dec 27, 2012

This book makes a compelling and well documented case that the world's largest funding source and organizor of global terrorism is the United States. From WW1 to Afghanistan, from President Wilson to Obama, the history of American influence of other nations to protect the interest of the super rich in America (often at the expense of America's poorest citizens both in dollars and blood) is deeply disturbing.

Neither a fast read nor an easy one, this book challenges the self important view of America.

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fatcat21
Dec 20, 2012

This book sheds some light on American history and provides details that make things look a little different than we know them to be. It is also a thought provoking look at the incredible power that politicians have. It's a bit unsettling.

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