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The Untold History of the United States, Volume 1: Young Readers Edition, 1898-1963
 
 

The Untold History of the United States, Volume 1: Young Readers Edition, 1898-1963 [Kindle Edition]

Oliver Stone , Peter Kuznick
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""The Untold History of the United States" is one of the most important books of our time. Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick disabuse us of the popular notion that this country has always been a force for good in the world. They document the tragic consequences of U.S. imperialism, the commission of war crimes, and the decimation of civil liberties under the guise of the 'war on terror'. This work should give us pause whenever we are asked to uncritically accept the idea of American exceptionalism. "--Marjorie Cohn, author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law

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The book to accompany Oliver Stone's landmark 10-part documentary series, The Untold History of the United States

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (21 Oct 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IBHOTD8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I came to this book having watched the 10 hour excellent documentary series of the same title. I wasn't sure what to expect from such a relatively long book, however I found it a rivetting read, difficult to put down with many interesting moments such as at the views expressed, the retelling of many familar events from a new perspective or in greater detail, and some new information that filled in gaps in my knowledge. The book is told in 14 fairly long chapters and a long introduction that is essential to read to understand the view taken and how the narrative is constructed. The narrative is laced with many interesting facts and quotes, noting the sources and the position or job title of those whose views are being given. The narrative is basically chronological in order though it does contextualise some subjects in the light of recent events, in particular the recent financial crisis and so called war on terror. However much of the narrative stays based in each time period and gradually unfolds through each presidency noting in detail much to do with defence and foreign policy of the US government, though not exclusively, and their development down through the years. A structure which runs in parrallel with the documentary series. However the book is far more detailed and goes into greater depth on many of its subjects and is rather more academic than the somewhat breathless emotive and moralising documentary. I recommend the book as essential reading to anyone with a interest in world history from 1900 onwards. Some grounding in history of the period would help and possibly knowledge of more orthodox views as a balance not just to the views but a contextualisation of events. Certainly it would not just add balance but an interesting perspective on just where that orthodoxy comes from. Otherwise this book is definitely worth a read with its agenda setting views and knowledge rewarding informative narrative that can't be ignored.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for truth seekers everywhere 20 Jun 2013
By nikita
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My name is Nikita. I was born in South America in a country called Guyana. My father was a leftist having raised himself out of poverty by exceling in his studies. I grew up with Indians and Blacks with names like Dimitri, Vladimir and Mikhail. The country I was raised in was ruled by a right wing dictator and was propped up by the Carter government. My family fled the country with nothing after my father was beaten up and my family threatened.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because this book tells the story of the injustices committed against my people and the peoples of the world.
It is not an anti American book it is a critical evaluation of the last 100 years of US hegemony. It has laid bare the truth that the government exists only to serve the needs and imperialistic ambitions of the right wingers, corporations and the military industrial complex.
Americans should definitely read this book and be angry...very angry as it is only you..the voting peoples of the American republic that can change the course of the United States of America.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Read 20 April 2013
By john
Format:Kindle Edition
There were a few times I put this book down and didn't want to pick it up again. I did because I felt like that guy in the Dirty Harry movie ' I just gotta know' that the most powerful handgun in world might finally be running out of bullets.

The book is relentless in its message and being hit with facts and figures, personalities and events with machine gun repetition becomes depressing, not so much for how its written but for what its revealing,page after page.

For a UK reader some political figures are unknown and it's hard to put things into context or understand their relative importance and influence. The book isn't ' balanced ' It's got something to say and it's going to say it and what it says is hugely important to our understanding of where we are today.

To anyone remotely interested in history and politics this book is an essential and compelling read. You just gotta find out for yourselves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh America!!! 10 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Stone lays down the underhand machinations of US politics and history and its so amazing you think this cannot be true, but deep down you you know it almost certainly is! Must watch with the TV series!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read history of the United States 13 April 2013
By Brian R. Martin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a socio-political history of the United States of America in the 20th and 21st centuries, but not as its leaders would like. Instead, it is a searing indictment of how, in the name of the people, they have engaged in a string of disastrous wars, in South America, Asia, and elsewhere, often launched in violation of American laws, that have cost trillions of dollars and have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians; the imprisonment without trial, and the torture and abuse, of numerous prisoners, contrary to both American and international law; the killing of alleged terrorists by drone attacks, regardless of the `collateral' deaths of civilians; and the establishment of more than 1000 military bases worldwide. At the same time, it is a country with an enormous disparity between the rich and the poor, increasing because of advantageous tax laws, where the former own a huge fraction of the wealth of the country, out of all proportion to their numerical size; where vast sums of money can be legally contributed to political campaigns in order to win power and influence; but where the national infrastructure is collapsing and educational standards are low; where there is no national health service (unique among developed countries); whose economy is in severe deficit and life can continue as it is only because China is still willing to buy US Government bonds. It is a story of lies and deceit, bullying smaller nations, including threats of nuclear war, and sheer arrogance. It is not an edifying story, but Stone and Kuznick tell it brilliantly.

The format is chronological, with each chapter focusing on the President then in power, and the collective of political and military people gathered around him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Might get round to reading it when all my kids and friends finally return it!
Published 9 days ago by Mrs. D. Greig Smith
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Very good
Published 13 days ago by v christofi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great item & price!
Published 15 days ago by Ms NA Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars A book everyone in the western world should read
Stone & Kuznick have pulled together a remarkable work which digs behind the headlines and gives a much, much needed alternative view.
Published 24 days ago by Malcolm Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 28 days ago by Markham
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Recommended to anyone seriously interested in what has really gone on in the recent past and continues today. The REAL face of the USA.
Published 2 months ago by David Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading
Everybody ought to read this - and then perhaps they wouldn't be so complacent about their own government unconditionally standing "shoulder to shoulder" with the Americans... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patsy Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be told
The CD contains information that needs to be more widely known, Presented in an understandable way. The delivery was new and sealed, on time and well packaged. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. R. S. Culbard
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone in the western world should read this (but they won't)
This is an eye-opening and at times depressing book. I consider myself reasonably well informed and politically aware but I knew virtually nothing of most of the events chronicled... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr P A McLaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
Written from the radical US viewpoint. An European has other attitudes, which are not coveredIt tells the story vividly but protests too much
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