Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States

Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States

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Twelve-chapter documentary series, created and executive produced by Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone. Do Americans really know and understand the country's shared and complicated history? How are the small details and forgotten players that influenced some of the biggest events from America's past recalled? Will children actually get the whole story from reading history books? And how will it affect the future of the country?
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (796 min.) : sound, black & white, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Additional Contributors: Stone, Oliver
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1aa
Aug 26, 2017

Overly long; consistently pedantic left wing point of view; poorly narrated by Stone himself; footage is often recycled and is also inaccurate (it seems they just grabbed any images vaguely thematically related to what was being said, rather than digging through the archives to find actual imagery of the actual event specifically mentioned). I added a star for the bonus feature - an interview with Tariq Ali.

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seeker472
May 11, 2017

Another entertaining, slightly paranoid interpretation of history by the father of conspiracy
theorists. Stone fights Imperialism again, and yet again. I enjoyed his look into America and
Imperialism in the world.

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heidiup1
Mar 13, 2017

Excellent. Must watch.

biblioanna Jan 29, 2017

Great collection of clips and information. While palatable is not a word for the history of war, this documentary would be easier to watch if the soundtrack would not overpower the narration.

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amanoletters99
Jan 16, 2017

Sometimes the truth is ugly to watch and Oliver Stone delivers some true ugliness in this documentary on American history. An excellent source of information for for those wanting to lose the blinders of perpetual "untruths".

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heidiup1
Dec 27, 2016

Outstanding

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siklogik
Nov 16, 2016

A sophomoric, several hours too-long polemical screed aimed at very "radically" unpacking American triumphalism. Eyeroll. Not even at the level of infotainment-history. Not "dispassionate," not objective . . . mummified soixante-huitard history-for-dilettantes. I can just picture Stone watching one of Adam Curtis's truly chilling and at least original series, probably _The Century of the Self_, back in the mid-Noughties, and getting all inspired to add to the "discourse." Credulously does a total copy-paste of Alperovitz's not-even-remotely scholarly AtomicDiplomacy™ thesis from fifty years ago in the third episode. Twee hagiography of Saint Henry Wallace, then vilifies Truman needlessly. (You mean there was horse-trading at a DNC?! Gasp! Perish the thought!) Talk about black-and-white thinking. Stone's smarmy Boomer Generation narcissism swells through a crescendo over Vietnam, as if there haven't been myriad celluloid encomia to their gallantry, much of it by the great auteur himself. Sheesh. Everyone to the Left of the Chomsky set and Right of Breitbart, including Truthers, radical Bernie Bros, and ISIS junior varsity kids will ditto-head along. I'm trying to suspend my disbelief with this thing, at least enjoy the schlock factor of it, and he's ruining it by consistently botching simple facts, like mis-numbering presidents; so who has the inclination to fact-check much of this, if he's getting basic stuff like that wrong? Junk history of the lamest kind.

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phwyatt
Oct 24, 2016

This is an outstanding series, incredibly well researched and presented. It is truly "the untold history" of the U.S., the stories that never appeared in our history books. What I appreciated about it most was that it dispels some of the myths about some of the biggest events in our nation's history. These include the real reason the atomic bombs were dropped, who really killed JFK and MLK, and who really started the Vietnam conflict. Stone shatters the public perception of presidents such as Truman, Eisenhower, and even Obama while exposing the crimes of Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, H.W. Bush and little Bush. This is a must see series. Get it for the history classes of your sons and daughters... They need to see this!

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seaxfamx
Jul 06, 2015

An alternative perspective on many of the major events of the 20th century. Stone takes aim at American exceptionalism and hits a bulls eye when it comes to showing how time after time the US has violated its own principles in the interest of exercising power. I especially appreciated his telling the story of Henry Wallace, someone who had previously been just an historical footnote to me. Well-done.

Absolutely tremendous series. Narrated by Oliver Stone in a dispassionate voice, UNTOLD HISTORY will shock and amaze even well-schooled students of the "American Century." Principally what Stone accomplishes is a rescue of the Soviet Union from the dustbin of history where it has been consigned by Pax Americana triumphalists and dough-headed Reaganites. The portions of the documentary devoted to WWII make it quite clear that the Soviets, through enormous sacrifice (over 20 million dead) and amazing courage, gutted the Wehrmacht well-nigh single-handedly while Britain and the U.S. circuitously approached Europe from Italy via Africa. Also rescued from the dustbin is Henry Wallace, Roosevelt's VP until he was ousted by the corporate party bosses at the Chicago Democratic Convention of 1944, paving the way for a reliable machine pol from Missouri, Harry Truman, and eventually the Cold War. Some jaw-dropping takeaways: 1) Reagan's repeal of the fairness doctrine in broadcasting facilitated the rise of Fox and the entire rightward drift in the U.S., what we have come to know as the WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? problem where working-class whites vote directly against their interests by supporting conservatives, and 2) Reagan could have banned all nuclear weapons with Gorbachev in Reykjavik but he said no because it would have meant giving up his beloved Star Wars weaponization of space. Next time you hear a hosanna to Reagan remember that.

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