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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.
A courageous look at a historic figure.

From Oscar®-winner Oliver Stone, Snowden is a riveting personal look at one of the most polarizing figures of the twenty-first century, the man responsible for what has been described as the most far-reaching security breach in US intelligence history. This official motion picture screenplay edition, written by Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone, includes a foreword by David Talbot and dozens of photos from the film.

In 2013, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) quietly leaves his job at the NSA and flies to Hong Kong to meet with journalists Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Ewen MacAskill (Tom Wilkinson), and filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) to reveal US government cyber surveillance programs of epic proportions. A top security contractor with virtuoso programming skills, Ed has discovered that a virtual mountain of data on digital communication is being assembled—not just from foreign governments and terror groups, but from ordinary Americans.

Disillusioned with his work in the intelligence community, Snowden meticulously gathers hundreds of thousands of secret documents that will expose the full extent of the abuses. Leaving his longtime love Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) behind, Ed finds the courage to act on his principles. Snowden opens the door on the untold story of Edward Snowden, examining the forces that turned a conservative young eager patriot into a historic whistleblower and posing provocative questions about which liberties we are willing to trade for protection.
WITH SUBSTANTIAL MATERIAL NOT INCLUDED IN THE DOCUMENTARY
Academy Award winner Oliver Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span—never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone’s trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump.
Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the United States and Russia, allegations of interference in the US election, and Russia’s involvement with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere across the globe. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. At one point, Stone asks, “Why did Russia hack the election?”; at another, Stone introduces him to Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove," which the two watch together.
Stone has interviewed controversial world leaders before, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Benjamin Netanyahu. But The Putin Interviews, in its unmediated access to one of the most enigmatic and powerful men in the world, can only be compared to the series of conversations between David Frost and Richard Nixon we now refer to as “The Nixon Interviews” of 1977.
The book will also contain references and sources that give readers a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the interviews and make for a more robust reading experience.
The truth about America is revealed in this first of four volumes of the young readers’ edition of The Untold History of the United States, from Academy Award–winning director Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, adapted by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

There is history as we know it. And there is history we should have known.

Complete with photos, illustrations, and little-known documents, this first of four volumes covers crucial moments in American history from the late nineteenth century to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This is not the kind of history taught in schools or normally presented on television or in popular movies. This riveting young readers’ edition challenges prevailing orthodoxies to reveal the dark reality about the rise and fall of the American empire for curious, budding historians who are hungry for the truth. Based on the latest archival findings and recently declassified information, this book will come as a surprise to the vast majority of students and their teachers—and that’s precisely why this edition is such a crucial counterpoint to today’s history textbooks.

Adapted by Newbery Honor recipient Susan Campbell Bartoletti from the bestselling book and companion to the documentary The Untold History of the United States by Academy Award–winning director Oliver Stone and renowned historian Peter Kuznick, this volume presents young readers with a powerful and provocative look at the past century of American imperialism.
Discover America’s secrets in this second of two volumes of the young readers’ edition of The Untold History of the United States, from Academy Award–winning director Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, adapted by Eric Singer.

There is history as we know it. And there is history we should have known.

Complete with poignant photos and little-known but vitally important stories, this second of two volumes traces how people around the world responded to the United States’s rise as a superpower from the end of World War II through an increasingly tense Cold War and, eventually, to the brink of nuclear annihilation during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This is not the kind of history taught in schools or normally presented on television or in popular movies. This riveting young readers volume challenges prevailing orthodoxies to reveal uncomfortable realities about the US role in heightening Cold War tensions. It also humanizes the experiences of diverse people, at home and abroad, who yearned for a more just, equal, and compassionate world. This volume will come as a breath of fresh air for students, teachers, and budding young historians hungry for different perspectives—which makes it a crucial counterpoint to today’s history textbooks.

Adapted by high school and university educator Eric S. Singer from the bestselling book and companion to the documentary The Untold History of the United States by Academy Award–winning director Oliver Stone and renowned historian Peter Kuznick, this volume gives young readers a powerful and provocative look at the US role in the Cold War. It also provides a blueprint for those concerned with shaping a better and more equitable future for people across the world.
 «Este libro destapa las vergüenzas de Estados Unidos en los últimos cien años».Bill Maher

 

Oliver Stone, ganador de un Óscar de la Academia, y el historiador Peter Kuznick nos desvelan la otra cara de la historia de Estados Unidosanalizando los grandes acontecimientos que desde la Guerra de Secesión y hasta la actualidad han marcado el «siglo americano» a través de un prisma crítico y constructivo. El resultado es un libro que cuestiona el discurso oficial transmitido dentro y fuera de las fronteras de la superpotencia —centrándose en los errores porque los grandes aciertos ya han sido glorificados— que han marcado la historia de Estados Unidos y, por tanto, del mundo.

La Primera Guerra Mundial, el New Deal, la bomba atómica, el asesinato de Kennedy, la carrera armamentística de Reagan, el 11-S, la llegada de Obama al poder… son solo algunos de los importantes hitos que los autores revisitan y examinan. Porque tal y como ellos mismos afirman en la introducción: «Somos esclavos de nuestra concepción del pasado y rara vez nos damos cuenta de hasta qué punto esa forma de entender la historia determina nuestro comportamiento aquí y ahora. La comprensión de la historia define nuestra idea de lo concebible, de lo realizable».

«Fascinante, reveladora. A la altura de la mejor historiografía contemporánea. No me canso de ensalzarla y recomendar su lectura». Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian

 

«Un libro provocador y lleno de fuerza». Kirkus Reviews

 

«Una obra llena de coraje, sabiduría y compasión que superará la prueba del tiempo. Un juicio feroz y un himno apasionado de los autores a su patria». Akbar Ahmed, alto comisionado para Pakistán, autor de The Thistle and the Drone

 

«Oliver Stone y Peter Kuznick nos ofrecen una visión crítica de la política exterior norteamericana de las últimas décadas. Está en juego la posibilidad de que Estados Unidos sea el gendarme de la Pax Americana, es decir, la receta definitiva para el desastre, o se asocie con otras naciones para labrar un futuro más justo, seguro y sostenible». Mijaíl Gorbachov

 

«Un gran libro, una obra extraordinaria, un relato honrado que desmonta muchos mitos y nos descubre una realidad sorprendente para la mayoría y documentándola con hechos». David Swanson, autor de War is a Lie

 

«El análisis más completo e incisivo de la política exterior estadounidense desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial». Allan Lichtman, autor de White Protestant Nation

Secrets, scandales et complots politiques à la Maison Blanche

Responsable du lancement de la bombe atomique sur Hiroshima (60 000 morts) et Nagasaki (80 000 morts), Harry S. Truman se vantait de ne jamais avoir éprouvé le moindre remords. À un journaliste qui lui demandait si la décision avait été moralement difficile à prendre, il répondit en claquant des doigts : « Je l’ai fait comme ça. » Trente ans plus tard, l’offensive du Vietcong pulvérisa l’armée sud-vietnamienne. Richard Nixon envisagea de faire sauter les digues et les centrales électriques. « Au risque de noyer deux cent mille personnes ? », objecta Henry Kissinger. Réponse de Nixon : « Non, je préférerais utiliser la bombe atomique. » « Je crois que ce serait quand même un peu excessif », répondit Kissinger. « La bombe, ça vous gêne ? Allons Henry, un peu de largeur de vue, bon sang ! », rétorqua Nixon.

Ces confessions donnent la mesure de la responsabilité historique des présidents américains. Inconscients, parfois criminels par procuration, souvent sous influence de « faucons », comme l’a encore montré la dernière guerre d’Irak, avec ses 200 000 morts. Démystificatrice, provocatrice, cette vaste fresque de l’histoire contemporaine de l’Amérique, qui remet en cause sa légitimité sur la scène internationale, a déclenché une importante controverse.

Les auteurs du livre ont analysé dans leurs moindres détails les archives américaines, russes, anglaises, allemandes et japonaises.

Découvrez l'histoire des États-Unis sous un nouveau jour grâce à de nombreux témoignages et archives

CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE

- "Autant de portraits de présidents en action, souvent épinglés pour leur cynisme, citations à l’appui; autant de moments épiques retenus par l’auteur, qui n’oublie pas qu’il est cinéaste : on est dans l’Histoire racontée par un scénariste. à ce récit passionné et passionnant." (Alain Frachon, Le Monde)
- "Oliver Stone n’est pas un historien comme Howard Zinn, mais un cinéaste contestataire qui remet en cause l’histoire américaine telle qu’elle est racontée dans les livres scolaires et dans les médias dominants. Il utilise un vaste matériel (interviews, images d’archives, photographies, films, enregistrements audio, cartes, graphiques) pour remettre en question la version officielle." (Serge Lefort, Monde en question)

EXTRAIT

Alors même que nous écrivons ce livre, le rideau tombe sur l’Empire américain. Le magnat de la presse Henry Luce ne croyait pas si bien dire lorsqu’il proclama dès 1941 – avant la défaite de l’Allemagne et du Japon, la découverte de la bombe atomique, le boom de la production américaine d’après-guerre, le développement d’Internet et la « victoire » de son pays à l’issue de la Guerre froide – que le vingtième siècle était le « siècle de l’Amérique ».
L’accession des États-Unis à l’hégémonie mondiale – la plus totale jamais connue – a été marquée par d’admirables réussites et de terribles déceptions. Ce sont ces dernières que nous nous proposons d’évoquer ici. Nous voulons mettre en lumière ce que les États-Unis ont fait de mal, convaincus que nous sommes qu’il est encore temps de réparer ces erreurs. Que penser en effet de l’orientation prise par la politique étrangère américaine quand notre pays s’est récemment trouvé en guerre avec trois pays musulmans et a lancé dans six autres des attaques de drones s’apparentant fort à des assassinats ciblés ? Pourquoi disposons-nous aux quatre coins de la planète de bases militaires dont le nombre, dit-on, atteindrait un millier ?
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