Oliver Stone's Secret History of America


Reviews: 1
Oliver Stone's Secret History of AmericaRating: 2 likes, 2 dislikes
How wonderful. Another supposed historian rewriting the history of America, trying to show America in a less than favorable light. His documentary (?) is complete with movie clips masquerading as historical footage and actors reciting supposed comments of the historical figures of the time. It jumps back and forth from one administration to another, with little continuity. All in all, a second rate conspiracy theory of why America is a villain in the world and therefore justifiably hated. Drama - yes, documentary, educational, history - no!!! Stone should stick to make-believe movies and leave history alone, unless, of course, he's run out of original ideas.

Review posted on Tuesday, December 11th 2012 at 6:19 am


Reviews: 1
Oliver Stone's HistoryRating: 2 likes, 2 dislikes
Why someone would join TVRage just to critique a show is beyond my understanding.
Probably one of those people that just critique authors they don't approve of and books they've never read, in other words, a republican. That's a well known trick of the right to try to discredit other points of view. I guess it's hard for some to understand that the USA isn't always the good country we want to believe.

In any case, I just finished episodes 5 and once again I really enjoyed the show. As a mild history buff I can assure you that Stone is way more on target than most people realize. History is written to make one side better than another, regardless of the truth or facts. Or as the great historian Howard Zinn said: "If you look at history from the perspective of the slaughtered and mutilated it's a different story."

I especially enjoy the movie references since so many movies, TV shows and books are produced because of political or historical reasons that can only be appreciated later with a greater understanding.
Pop culture is always giving us a mirror of the times, the social worries and political fears, we just don't often recognize them at the time.

Stone's reference to the dark political satire movie "Dr Strangelove…" is a perfect example, I had no idea that Eisenhower had delegated nuclear attack authority to others in the military!! Not even after the above movie made a reference to it in Dr. Strangelove's "Plan R." Now I get it, but I don't like it.

I'm looking forward to episode 6 which is really getting to an era that I can personally remember very well.

Below are some books that I've read and especially enjoyed, just for my fellow history buffs:

"The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Rhodes, Richard

"Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" by Daniel Okrent

"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" by James W. Douglass

"Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track" by Richard P. Feynman

"White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain's White Slaves in America" By Don Kirkland & Michael Walsh

"The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" by Deborah Blum

"Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern" by Joshua Zeitz

Also "Hellfire Nation.." by Morone and "Overthrow" Both MAY be out of print, not sure.

Review posted on Wednesday, December 12th 2012 at 12:32 am


Reviews: 6
Rating: 2 likes, 2 dislikes
Every American should watch this program. Those that doubt it;s authenticity are just slaves to a Political agenda. Oliver Stone pulls no punches when it comes to Historical accounts of Events in History. He takes No Side, and challenges the status quot at every turn. America is the Greatest Country on the Face of the Earth, but our government is Highly Flawed, and if you don't believe that then you are living in a fantasy land. time and time again our Government has lied and outright mislead the Citizenry. From purposely giving Syphilis to Tuskeegee Army Soldiers, To the Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction of George W. Bush, to Barack Obama's insidious Drone Bomb Campaigns. The American Government flaunts it nose at our Constitution and we the people sit idly by an watch it happen. One of the reason's why American are so complacent is because we are taught in early education a Flawed and Dishonest account of American History. Oliver Stone makes Enemies and to him that is the best form of flattery ! Watch This Program and Make your children watch it too, you will learn and be better equipped to make decisions about our Government come election day. Thanks Mr. Oliver Stone keep up the Great Work.

Review posted on Sunday, December 30th 2012 at 11:21 pm

Network: SHOWTIME ( USA)
Type: Documentary
Genres: Drama, Educational, Family, History
Status: Ended
Airs: Mondays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: November 12, 2012
Ended: January 14, 2013
Episodes Order: 10
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