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The Concise Untold History of the United States

By Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick

A spouse to Oliver Stone’s ten-part documentary sequence of an analogous identify, this advisor bargains a people’s historical past of the yankee Empire: “a severe review people overseas policy…indispensable” (former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev); “brilliant, a masterpiece!” (Daniel Ellsberg); “Oliver Stone’s new booklet is as riveting, eye-opening, and thought-provoking as any heritage booklet you'll ever learn. It achieves what background, at its top, should do: provides a mountain of formerly unknown evidence that makes you query and reconsider lots of your long-held assumptions concerning the so much influential events” (Glenn Greenwald).

In November 2012, Showtime debuted a ten-part documentary sequence according to Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s The Untold heritage of the U.S.. The e-book and documentary seemed again at human occasions that, on the time, went underreported, but additionally crucially formed America’s exact and intricate background over the 20th century.

From the atomic bombing of Japan to the chilly warfare and fall of Communism, this concise model of the bigger ebook is tailored for the final reader. entire with poignant images, arresting illustrations, and little-known files, The Concise Untold heritage of the U.S. covers the increase of the yankee empire and nationwide defense nation from the overdue 19th century throughout the Obama management, placing all of it jointly to teach how deeply rooted the probably aberrant rules of the Bush-Cheney management are within the nation’s prior and why it has confirmed so tricky for Obama to alter path.

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 in regards to the upward thrust and fall of yank imperialism.

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