Oliver Stone’s Untold History

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Justin Raimondo’s LRC article today offers a very precise critique of the first episode of the Showtime documentary series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. Stone is attempting to present a left-progressive analysis of US history from before WWII to the present. I have viewed the first three episodes and last night purchased the hardcover companion volume to the series.

Raimondo’s cogent analysis lays bare the blatant pro-Soviet, pro-New Deal interventionist bias at the heart of this venture in historical myth-making. The visuals in this first episode were re-cycled from Frank Capra’s WWII agitprop series, Why We Fight, while the narrative script penned as if by the Kremlin’s dynamic duo of Albert Kahn and Michael Sayers, authors of the best-seller, The Great Conspiracy: The Secret War Against Soviet Russia, with rhetorical flourishes provided by screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and secret CPUSA member, investigative journalist George Seldes.

Two minor points in Raimondo’s critique: Stone does discuss the WWII imprisonment of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps in episode 3, as well as the background development and use of the atomic bombs against Japan.

According to Stone, FDR’s greatest flaw in WWII was ditching Henry A. Wallace as his vice president in 1944 in favor of the Pendergrast machine hack Harry S. Truman, who was favored by the party bosses. Wallace later ran against Truman in 1948 as presidential candidate of the Progressive Party, a clandestine pro-Soviet vehicle substituting for the CPUSA. In episodes 2 and 3, Wallace is portrayed as one of America’s unsung heroes (explicitly as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), Truman as a dark and malevolent villain responsible for mass murder of Japanese non-combatants and instigating the Cold War.

2:42 pm on November 29, 2012