OLIVER STONE’S UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES to Premiere on SHOWTIME
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 8:00pm
￼OLIVER STONE’S UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
To Premiere On SHOWTIME® Monday, November 12th at 8 PM ET/PT
As Americans, do we really know and understand our shared and complicated history? How do we recall the small details and forgotten players that influenced some of the biggest events from America’s past? Will our children actually get the whole story from reading history books? And how will it affect the future of our country?
Stone, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who has been working on the series for the last four years, said today, “This is the side of history we didn’t learn in school. Upsetting to some, but profound for those who think for themselves, I feel this is the deepest contribution on film I could ever make to my children and the next generation.”
Narrated by Stone, the new one-hour series will feature episodes that focus on human events that at the time went under reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history over the 20th century. Stone and co- author Peter Kuznick, a professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, have written a book of the same title to be published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books in November. With a small group of archivists, they have combed through the national archives of the U.S., Soviet Union, England, Germany, and Japan, in search of film and photographs of figures and events that have rarely, if ever, been revealed. Topics range from President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to the origins and reasons for the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and the fierce struggle between war and peace in America’s national security complex. Newly discovered facts and accounts from the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam War, and the great changes in America’s role in the world since the fall of Communism in the 1980s will be presented.