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    DescriptionThe companion to the Showtime documentary series, director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books in this thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history.`At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!`--Woodrow Wilson The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop's 1630 sermon aboard the `Arbella, `still warps Americans' understanding of their nation's role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions. But history tells a different story as filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick reveal in this riveting account of the rise and decline of the American empire.Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world's best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented `People's History of the American Empire` that offers startling context to the Bush-Cheney policies that put us at war in two Muslim countries and show us why the Obama administration has had such a difficult time cleaving a new path.Stone and Kuznick will introduce readers to a pantheon of heroes and villains as they show not only how far the United States has drifted from its democratic traditions, but the powerful forces that have struggled to get us back on track.The authors reveal that: - The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were militarily unnecessary and morally indefensible.- The United States, not the Soviet Union, bore the lion's share of responsibility for perpetuating the Cold War.- The U.S. love affair with right-wing dictators has gone as far as overthrowing elected leaders, arming and training murderous military officers, and forcing millions of people into poverty.- U.S.-funded Islamist fundamentalists, who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, have blown back to threaten the interests of the U.S. and its allies.- U.S. presidents, especially in wartime, have frequently trampled on the constitution and international law.- The United States has brandished nuclear threats repeatedly and come terrifyingly close to nuclear war. American leaders often believe they are unbound by history, yet Stone and Kuznick argue that we must face our troubling history honestly and forthrightly in order to set a new course for the twenty-first century. Their conclusions will challenge even experts, but there is one question only readers can answer: Is it too late for America to change?


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    Title
    The Untold History of the United States
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oliver Stone, By (author) Peter Kuznick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 56 mm
    Weight: 975 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781451613513
    ISBN 10: 1451613512
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Libri: ENGM2000
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    B&T General Subject: 430
    Libri: USAA5066, USAA5012
    DC22: 973.91, 973
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036000
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    B&T Approval Code: A16010000
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    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
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    LC classification: E741 .S76 2012
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    Gallery
    Publication date
    30 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    `We won't be able to manage America's future if we don't know its past. In their `Untold Story, ` Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick peel away layers of misleading myth about America in the 20th century. Some will be surprised, others angry. Most will understand their nation much better, especially the young. Then perhaps we can move forward in the new century.`--Jeff Madrick, author of `Taking America`