A slow starter, Oliver Stone’s 12 part Showtime series entitled The Untold History of The United States should nonetheless be mandatory viewing for all American citizens young and old, especially those who enthusiastically wave patriotic flags right or left, or speak of American exceptionalsim.
When cast under a bright truthful light, the only thing exceptional about the last sixty years of America’s history is its brazen imperialistic tendencies and broad sweeping deceptions in order to support dictatorships around the globe for its own heartless self interests.
By series installment 5, Stone and crew are waist deep in uncovering and revealing one of the cruelest ruthless and deceptive empires the world has ever known. For history buffs there may not be truckloads of unknown facts to be found, but compiled into one tightly knit narrative, the series does what it ostensibly sets out to do succinctly and more than adequately. It reveals a nation sheepled with citizens so blind to the true intentions and evil machinations of it’s own government that their very history can indeed be said to be untold — no matter how much media access and “news” they’re surrounded and suffocated by.
Anyone with an ounce of nationalistic pride or love of country will find themselves feeling shocked and embittered, especially considering that the series, being limited by time constraints, only touches the surface of some of the most egregious crimes of the 20th century perpetrated by the world’s alleged “global leader of freedom and democracy.” The looming question boiling through every hot-blooded American who dares to watch the entire 12 part series is surely to be “what now can be done to save our once great democratic republic?” and further “how can we ever make amends to the rest of the world for the atrocities committed in our names and right under our noses over the last sixty years?”