The Concise Untold History of the United States

By Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick

A better half to Oliver Stone’s ten-part documentary sequence of a similar identify, this consultant bargains a people’s heritage of the yankee Empire: “a serious assessment people overseas policy…indispensable” (former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev); “brilliant, a masterpiece!” (Daniel Ellsberg); “Oliver Stone’s new publication is as riveting, eye-opening, and thought-provoking as any heritage e-book you are going to ever learn. It achieves what background, at its top, should do: provides a mountain of formerly unknown evidence that makes you query and reconsider a lot of your long-held assumptions in regards to the such a lot influential events” (Glenn Greenwald).

In November 2012, Showtime debuted a ten-part documentary sequence in line with Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s The Untold historical past of the us. The ebook and documentary appeared again at human occasions that, on the time, went underreported, but additionally crucially formed America’s targeted and intricate historical past over the 20th century.

From the atomic bombing of Japan to the chilly conflict and fall of Communism, this concise model of the bigger publication is tailored for the final reader. entire with poignant pictures, arresting illustrations, and little-known files, The Concise Untold background of the U.S. covers the increase of the yank empire and nationwide defense country from the overdue 19th century throughout the Obama management, placing all of it jointly to teach how deeply rooted the doubtless aberrant regulations of the Bush-Cheney management are within the nation’s prior and why it has confirmed so tough for Obama to alter direction.

In this concise and indispensible advisor, Kuznick and Stone (who Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills has known as America’s personal “Dostoevsky in the back of a camera”) problem winning orthodoxies to bare the darkish fact concerning the upward thrust and fall of yank imperialism.

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