This is the common fault line running through Stone’s 10-part revisionist history that debuts Sunday night: the presentation of his own perspective as objective reality and the ruthless suppression of any fact that contradicts or undermines his view — that the world over the past 75 years is a much worse place for the American role in it.
Unlike JFK, in which Stone portrayed Earl Warren, one of the great champions of civil liberties in the history of the Supreme Court, as a homicidal traitor who helped assassinate President Kennedy, Untold History contains no real factual whoppers, at least in the first three hours that I saw. But it is relentless and ultimately meretricious in skewing history to its conceit that the United States is a murderous war machine destroying everything in its path to empire. Source
Historian David Reynolds reassesses Winston Churchill's conviction that the Mediterranean was the 'soft underbelly' of Hitler's Europe. Travelling to Egypt and Italian battlefields like Cassino, scene of some of the worst carnage in western Europe, he shows how, in reality, the 'soft underbelly' became a dark and dangerous obsession for Churchill.
Originally posted by abeverage
I am interested in seeing what Stone says but remember he has his own agenda an isn't an average Joe, maybe not an elitist but surely a tool they wield...
Somewhere between maybe the Truth.
Originally posted by saabster5
reply to post by Malynn
Thought it was kinda crazy how Wallace got pushed to the side during the election of 1940...or whatever it was that was Roosevelt's last. Kinda shows how money and "special interest groups" got Truman into the VP spot with such low approval. And how he basically bent over backwards to the individuals who got him into the VP spot. Completely different direction this country would have taken had Wallace succeeded Roosevelt.
I really do like the series, even though I'm usually pretty pissed off by the end of each episode. I kinda had an idea how "persuasive" this country's leadership can be when it comes to influencing other country's political direction, but definitely didn't think we (as in American leadership) had such a heavy role in dismantling elected governments just to place a puppet leader in place to basically destroy any semblance of a civilized country.
It really is just disheartening how puny we as citizens of this country really are. There could have been no cold war, no vietnam, no korean war, no Iranian conflicts, no no no.... It just goes to show that an uniformed populace can let so many bad things happen to the government that is supposed to be subservient to its populace.
Anyways. I've told most of my friends about it, but am pretty sure most won't watch, due to seeing who is gonna replace Britney Spears on X-Factor. Thanks for the thread. Kudos to Oliver for putting stuff out there, that although may be a bit biased, it is another side to the story of our recent history.
Originally posted by TheComte
reply to post by NickDC202
Yes, you are right. You do need to have a curious/intellectual mind and interest in the topic to take it all in. The information comes rapid fire and you really need to pay attention to follow the flow. There are no breaks or lulls in the action. It seems though at the end of every episode I'm sitting there speechless, not believing that it is all really true.