The Untold History of the United States

The Untold History of the United States

DVD - 2014
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Twelve-chapter documentary series, created and executive produced by Academy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone. Do Americans really know and understand the country's shared and complicated history? How are the small details and forgotten players that influenced some of the biggest events from America's past recalled? Will children actually get the whole story from reading history books? And how will it affect the future of the country?
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Bros. Entertainment,, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 973.9 UN
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (796 min.) : sound, black and white, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (14 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm)
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May 06, 2019

Rien de bien nouveau pour toute personne ayant étudié l'histoire.
Certains pans de l'histoire sont occultés. La crise du Golfe des années 70 ainsi que l'implication militaire et politique des USA au Moyen Orient n'est pas traitée. On se limite au rôle de perturbateur militaire. On accuse gentiment. Les mêmes images et vidéos sont utilisées à de multiples reprises pour différents contextes. Ces reportages sont en somme une bonne source pour survoler l'histoire de ce grand criminel que sont les USA mais ne représentent en rien une étude exhaustive de l'histoire des USA. Tout ce qui pose problème est survolé. Bref, un bon moment qui montre très vite les limites idéologiques et le savoir du réalisateur.

Mar 19, 2018

Every Episode is available to watch on for free.
Reserving Part II took 6 months to arrive with less than 10 on the waiting list and there are supposed to be 7 copies. Not sure what's up with that.
Here's where you can see it immediately...

Seeing history from a critical perspective is very enlightening and sure to draw fire from flag-wavers. I haven't seen anything in the series that is untrue but it shines a light on some of America’s dark history. It’s a question of weather you want to gain insight and understanding or stay in the comfortable bubble of ignorance.

Aug 26, 2017

Overly long; consistently pedantic left wing point of view; poorly narrated by Stone himself; footage is often recycled and is also inaccurate (it seems they just grabbed any images vaguely thematically related to what was being said, rather than digging through the archives to find actual imagery of the actual event specifically mentioned). I added a star for the bonus feature - an interview with Tariq Ali.

May 11, 2017

Another entertaining, slightly paranoid interpretation of history by the father of conspiracy
theorists. Stone fights Imperialism again, and yet again. I enjoyed his look into America and
Imperialism in the world.

Mar 13, 2017

Excellent. Must watch.

biblioanna Jan 29, 2017

Great collection of clips and information. While palatable is not a word for the history of war, this documentary would be easier to watch if the soundtrack would not overpower the narration.

Jan 16, 2017

Sometimes the truth is ugly to watch and Oliver Stone delivers some true ugliness in this documentary on American history. An excellent source of information for for those wanting to lose the blinders of perpetual "untruths".

Dec 27, 2016


Nov 16, 2016

A sophomoric, several hours too-long polemical screed aimed at very "radically" unpacking American triumphalism. Eyeroll. Not even at the level of infotainment-history. Not "dispassionate," not objective . . . mummified soixante-huitard history-for-dilettantes. I can just picture Stone watching one of Adam Curtis's truly chilling and at least original series, probably _The Century of the Self_, back in the mid-Noughties, and getting all inspired to add to the "discourse." Credulously does a total copy-paste of Alperovitz's not-even-remotely scholarly AtomicDiplomacy™ thesis from fifty years ago in the third episode. Twee hagiography of Saint Henry Wallace, then vilifies Truman needlessly. (You mean there was horse-trading at a DNC?! Gasp! Perish the thought!) Talk about black-and-white thinking. Stone's smarmy Boomer Generation narcissism swells through a crescendo over Vietnam, as if there haven't been myriad celluloid encomia to their gallantry, much of it by the great auteur himself. Sheesh. Everyone to the Left of the Chomsky set and Right of Breitbart, including Truthers, radical Bernie Bros, and ISIS junior varsity kids will ditto-head along. I'm trying to suspend my disbelief with this thing, at least enjoy the schlock factor of it, and he's ruining it by consistently botching simple facts, like mis-numbering presidents; so who has the inclination to fact-check much of this, if he's getting basic stuff like that wrong? Junk history of the lamest kind.

Oct 24, 2016

This is an outstanding series, incredibly well researched and presented. It is truly "the untold history" of the U.S., the stories that never appeared in our history books. What I appreciated about it most was that it dispels some of the myths about some of the biggest events in our nation's history. These include the real reason the atomic bombs were dropped, who really killed JFK and MLK, and who really started the Vietnam conflict. Stone shatters the public perception of presidents such as Truman, Eisenhower, and even Obama while exposing the crimes of Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, H.W. Bush and little Bush. This is a must see series. Get it for the history classes of your sons and daughters... They need to see this!

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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