The Untold History of the United States

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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.
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Oliver Stone made such iconic films as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, Salvador, and W.

Peter Kuznick is professor of history and director of the award-winning Nuclear Studies Institute at American University and is currently serving his fourth term as distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. He has written extensively about science and politics, nuclear history, and Cold War culture.

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Simon and Schuster
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Oct 30, 2012
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784
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9781451616446
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English
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History / General
History / Social History
History / United States / 20th Century
History / United States / General
Political Science / Imperialism
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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.
Stone himself serves as guide to this no-holds-barred retrospective—an extremely candid and comprehensive monograph of the renowned and controversial writer, director, and cinematic historian in interview form.

Over the course of five years, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone (Midnight Express, Scarface, Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Snowden) and New York Times bestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz (The Wes Anderson Collection) discussed, debated, and deconstructed the arc of Stone's outspoken, controversial life and career with extraordinary candor. This book collects those conversations for the first time, including anecdotes about Stone's childhood, Vietnam, his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his continual struggle to reinvent himself as an artist. Their dialogue is illustrated by hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and documents from Stone's personal archive, dating back to Stone's birth: personal snapshots, private correspondence, annotated script pages and storyboards, behind-the-scenes photography, and production files from all of his films to date—through 2016's Snowden, and including Stone's epic Showtime mini-series Untold HIstory of the United States. Critical commentary from Seitz on each of Stone's films is joined by original essays from filmmaker Ramin Bahrani; writer, editor, and educator Kiese Laymon; writer and actor Jim Beaver; and film critics Walter Chaw, Michael Guarnieri, Kim Morgan, and Alissa Wilkinson. 
At once a complex analysis of a master director’s vision and a painfully honest critical biography in widescreen technicolor, The Oliver Stone Experience is as daring, intense, and provocative as Stone’s films—it's an Oliver Stone movie about Oliver Stone, in the form of a book.

Both this book and Stone’s highly anticipated film, Snowden, will be released in September 2016 to coincide with Stone’s seventieth birthday (September 15, 1946).

Also available from Matt Zoller Seitz: Mad Men Carousel, The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Wes Anderson Collection.
In working together on two challenging new documentaries—South of the Border and the forthcoming thirteen-part, thirteen-hour Forgotten History of the United States series for Showtime—filmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history.

Their dialogue brings to light a number of forgotten—or deliberately buried—episodes of American history, from the US intervention against the Russian Revolution to the dynamic radicalism of the Wobblies; how Henry Wallace's nomination for the vice presidency was deliberately thwarted by Democratic Party machine insiders, to the ongoing close connections between various US presidents and the Saudi royal family.

For Stone and Ali—two of our most insightful observers on history and popular culture—no topic is sacred, no orthodoxy goes unchallenged.

Tariq Ali is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.

Oliver Stone has directed, among other films, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W., World Trade Center, Any Given Sunday, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, Heaven and Earth, JFK, The Doors, Born on The Fourth of July, Talk Radio, Wall Street, Platoon, Salvador, and the documentaries Looking for Fidel, Comandante, Persona Non Grata, South of the Border, and the upcoming Forgotten History of the United States series for Showtime.

In working together on two challenging new documentaries—South of the Border and the forthcoming thirteen-part, thirteen-hour Forgotten History of the United States series for Showtime—filmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history.

Their dialogue brings to light a number of forgotten—or deliberately buried—episodes of American history, from the US intervention against the Russian Revolution to the dynamic radicalism of the Wobblies; how Henry Wallace's nomination for the vice presidency was deliberately thwarted by Democratic Party machine insiders, to the ongoing close connections between various US presidents and the Saudi royal family.

For Stone and Ali—two of our most insightful observers on history and popular culture—no topic is sacred, no orthodoxy goes unchallenged.

Tariq Ali is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.

Oliver Stone has directed, among other films, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W., World Trade Center, Any Given Sunday, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, Heaven and Earth, JFK, The Doors, Born on The Fourth of July, Talk Radio, Wall Street, Platoon, Salvador, and the documentaries Looking for Fidel, Comandante, Persona Non Grata, South of the Border, and the upcoming Forgotten History of the United States series for Showtime.

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.
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 ?
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.
 «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

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