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