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on 28 June 2013
After reading this, you will be under the impression that the USA is the most imperial, greedy, downright evil country in world history. To Stone and Kuznick, maybe it is.
The book isn't a complete ''untold history'' because it starts with World War 1, and a common theme through out the first 500 of 615 pages (excluding acknowledgements and notes) is an empathy bordering on support for anything related to the Soviet Union. Josef Stalin was let down by America after 1945 apparently, all he wanted was a long lasting post-war peace, but rabid anti-communists in the White House and American 'imperialism' prevented it. The brutal Soviet post war occupations of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland and what was to become East Germany barely warrant a mention. The Stalin ordered murder in 1940 of almost 22,000 Polish Army officers and others deemed anti-communist merits a single sentence.
The chapter on the Korean war is particularly egregious. According to Kuznick and Stone, Communist, Soviet backed North Korea invaded South Korea because the USA had provided economic aid to Japan and because Stalin thought a ''South Korean attack on the North was coming.'' Evidence for this isn't given. 38% of American prisoners in North Korea died, Stone and Kuznick quote a report putting this down to some sort of softness on the part of the POW'S.
By the time the September 2001 attacks on New York are summed up in a single paragraph as attacks on ''the premier symbols of US imperial power'' any hopes of a reasoned account of the last 90 years of American history had long since vanished.
A book endorsed by Mikhail Gorbachev raised my suspicions that this may not be the most balanced book i've ever read, the reality of it was far worse than that. Purchase with caution!
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