WASHINGTON, November 12, 2012 – Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick and Showtime Documentaries have teamed together to present ‘Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States,’bringing the book written by Stone and Kuznick to the screen.
Which begs the question: how would Stone change the world if he could?
The answer to that question is the history of Henry A. Wallace, the 33rd Vice President of the United States (Progressive Party). Wallace, as the incumbent along with Franklin D. Roosevelt, was passed over for a second term when Roosevelt replaced Wallace with Harry S. Truman.
“What makes us think we will be any different,” Stone told Communities Kevin Kelly. “We will never be any different. We will never outrun Mother Nature, time or history…[it is time] to change the thinking, your policy, [to be] a neighbor to the world, join humanity.”
Had Wallace become President following Roosevelt’s death (April 12, 1945), Stone posits that our violent history that includes the Atomic Bomb, the assassination of John F. Kenney, the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, would be far different.
“The young people want a different experience, but they are frozen,” Stone says. “[They] have to create that opportunity [for change], understand the past and change the future.”
“If I could change one thing we would let Roosevelt die and Wallace take over and then we don’t have the bomb or the Cold War.”
To find out how Wallace’s history intersects U.S. political history leading to the second term presidency of Barack Obama, you will need to watch the show.
“American foreign policy is bi-partisian; both parties are screwed up,” Stone says. “We want to show that Obama is following the procedures of president’s before him, like McKinley [25th president March 1897 to September 1901 assassinated]. “
Whether you agree or disagree with Stone and Kuznick’s “contradictory view of American History”, the always bold and intriguing director will be providing history fans and STnoe himself plenty to talk about as the series premieres tonight at 8:00pm EDT
WHAT: “Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States,” a 12 part doumentary
WHERE: Premieres tonight at Showtime
TIME: 8:00 pm EDT
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