Untold History of the United States
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From Academy Award®-winning writer/director Oliver Stone, this ten-part documentary series looks back at human events that at the time went under reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history over the 20th century. From the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War and the fall of Communism, this in-depth, surprising, and totally riveting series demands to be watched again and again]]>
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Debs was arrested and jailed for making these statements as acts of Congress suspended Freedom of Speech. And so President Wilson addressed Congress requesting war "to keep the world safe for democracy.
Thus World War I, or The War To End All Wars.
Oliver Stone's "The Untold History of the United States" is a 12 part in depth documentary of the past 120 years. He reveals details that have never been printed in our text books and backs them up with Newsreels, recorded speeches, and first hand witnesses.
There is so much here but the most powerful message is that every war since The Spanish American War has been for the benefit of Wall Street. J.P. Morgan, by the end of WWI was owed by Britain , the equivalent of 61 Billion Dollars. He was one of many who benefited financially: John D. Rockefeller, William Randolph Hearst, many.
The documentary takes us through every year and event of the 20th Century. We are shown a side to Harry Truman and The Manhattan project here-to-fore hidden. We're shown that The United States was the instigator of The Cold War, inspired by a lie filled speech delivered by Winston Churchill from the United States where he coined the term "Iron Curtain" long before there was one. The US placement of nuclear missiles along Soviet Borders frightened them to build their own. The Berlin Wall was our fault. Ethel Rosenberg was executed as a means of manipulating her husband. Korea. Vietnam. American War Crimes that make the Nazi's pale in comparison.
We hear the truth about Nixon. Then Reagan, who was far from the great man we are told. Each subsequent President's truth is shocking, including Obama who allowed the illegal surveillance of millions of Americans while chastising the "whistleblowers" but not the criminals.
This is an important work and one we must all see as it continues: it is not just the citizens of third world countries who have been used; it is most of the Citizens of The United States through the manipulation of our "free press."
Oliver Stone is lauded as one of our greatest feature film creators. He begins this work, produced by Showtime, with a narrative of why he made a documentary and not a feature film: A feature film is entertainment to tell a human story. This is truth not taught in classrooms and largely ignored by history. This must be a documentary because you must not question the difference between art and fact.
He proves himself with the likes of Ken Burns and Michael Moore.
As this information is quite dense, I highly recommended that you purchase the book also. Reading the book and following the DVD series helps with the mental organization and memory reinforcement. However, the book time line starts out in late 1800s and the DVD series starts out in the late 1920s great depression. The book also covers the widespread general American anger towards post WW1 war industry profiteering and Wall Street excesses that took place (surprise!) just before the great depression. The book is also heavily footnoted for further research or fact checking if desired.
As an avid reader from many sources, I attempt to form objective opinion based on facts. Many of the facts presented in this book and DVD series have caused me to largely re evaluate my thoughts on the FDR administration, the real reason for the double atomic bombing of Japan, the Truman Administration and the real root cause of Cold War with the Soviets. If you believe Ronald Regan should get the majority of the credit for bringing the Cold War to an end - see this and your opinion might change.
Recently released, the book and DVD series continue up to the present administration, times and conflicts. The pace of the DVD series seems almost slow at the beginning...not unlike a roller coaster climbing the tallest point. At the top (IMO),the Kennedy assassination. Then the fast paced roller coaster ride begins....and continues at an ever increasing speed today. In normal life, as events happen, they speed by and are replaced so quickly - resulting in nothing but a numbing blur. News papers are vanishing, daily TV analysis is so poor and internet analysis is so unreliable, that it takes a book and DVD series such as this, some developed critical thinking and reflection to process important events. Many contemporary surprises await viewers and readers - to remember important details that you either never knew, or had forgotten. These important details are the bits of information that connect smaller to larger events and form a more complete overall analysis.
Oliver Stone fans: you will notice bits of musical scores of his other fine works inserted appropriately along with his narration. If you haven't already, visit Oliver Stones Wiki page and you will understand this filmmaker's background and political views much better.
As this series exposes our past and present ever growing Military Industrial Complex, it must be viewed objectively and with a truly open mind. You will find yourself either enlightened and/or possibly angry after viewing (see 1 star reviews). Much of this information is of a disquieting nature. But if you honestly seek truth, you will view this series more than once. I am now the second time through the book and the DVD series. There are a few points made of which you might disagree. I did and you are free to do the same. In really old western movies, the good guys and the bad guys are easily identified by the color of their hats. The bad guys (black hats) were 100% bad and the good guys (white hats) 100% good - if the real world was only that simple. In reality, the world seldom operates in terms of true absolutes. Its the details that determine the actual shade of grey.
Real history must be learned or the same "mistakes" (or enterprises) are repeated.