The Concise Untold History of the United States
Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick
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A companion to Oliver Stone’s ten-part documentary series of the same name, this guide offers a people’s history of the American Empire: “a critical overview of US foreign policy…indispensable” (former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev); “brilliant, a masterpiece!” (Daniel Ellsberg); “Oliver Stone’s new book is as riveting, eye-opening, and thought-provoking as any history book you will ever read. It achieves what history, at its best, ought to do: presents a mountain of previously unknown facts that makes you question and re-examine many of your long-held assumptions about the most influential events” (Glenn Greenwald).
In November 2012, Showtime debuted a ten-part documentary series based on Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s The Untold History of the United States. The book and documentary looked back at human events that, at the time, went underreported, but also crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history over the twentieth century.
From the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War and fall of Communism, this concise version of the larger book is adapted for the general reader. Complete with poignant photos, arresting illustrations, and little-known documents, The Concise Untold History of the United States covers the rise of the American empire and national security state from the late nineteenth century through the Obama administration, putting it all together to show 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 Obama to change course.
In this concise and indispensible guide, Kuznick and Stone (who Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills has called America’s own “Dostoevsky behind a camera”) challenge prevailing orthodoxies to reveal the dark truth about the rise and fall of American imperialism.
dead, but he had achieved far more than he ever dreamed. He’d goaded the largest, most powerful empire in history to reveal its worst nature—and, like the Wizard of Oz, it didn’t look so great and mighty. Bin Laden’s “martyrdom” in the eyes of his followers cemented his place in history as a catalyst who weakened and perhaps helped destroy the old world order. Some might liken him to a Hannibal or Attila to ancient Rome, a Robespierre to the old French Order, a Lenin to tsarist Russia, even a
religion . . . but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.” Progressive China experts fear the U.S. is once again employing Truman’s 1946 playbook with the Soviet Union in an attempt to contain China. The same situation exists once again with Western revulsion for China’s internal policies. But this time, holding $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury bonds, the Chinese could imperil the U.S. economy in ways the Soviets never
followed. The transfer of the greatest part of the Soviet economy was accomplished in two incredible years, and, by 1943, the USSR was the equal of any industrial power in Europe and was now able to outproduce Germany itself. Forty thousand T-34 tanks—superior to the German Panzers—were built. Fifty thousand Ilyushin planes, the famous IL-2, were superior in fact to those of the German Luftwaffe. The steel, wheat, and ores that were lost in Ukraine in 1941 were gradually replaced. An entire
Europe we felt that our enemies, horrible and deadly as they were, were still people. But out here I soon gathered that the Japanese were looked upon as something subhuman and repulsive; the way some people feel about cockroaches or mice.” Some of this sentiment can be attributed certainly to racism, but American rancor toward Japan soared with the “sneak attack” at Pearl Harbor. And in early 1944, the government released information about the sadistic treatment of U.S. and Filipino prisoners
fleet remained airborne, refueled by aerial tankers. It was Power who told a defense analyst in 1960, “The whole idea is to kill the bastards! Look. At the end of the war, if there are two Americans and one Russian, we win!” The analyst responded wisely, “Well, you better make sure that they’re a man and a woman.” A series of harrowing incidents occurred, any one of which could have triggered a holocaust. A SAC test missile was launched from the U.S. toward the Marshall Islands, and officials