Alison Broinowski reviews 'The Untold History of the United States' by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Alison Broinowski reviews 'The Untold History of the United States' by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States

by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick

Ebury Press (Random House), $35 pb, 783 pp, 9780091949303

It is ten years since the invasion of Iraq by the United States and the few countries willing to join it. Happening to be in Washington in February, and recalling worldwide protests in 2003, I was struck by what seems to be American amnesia about the war and its consequences. At least in Australia groups are exploring ways to prevent such catastrophic expeditions in the future. Even as Afghanistan follows Iraq towards a similar conclusion, the US government’s war mentality is kept alive by contestation with China, eyeballing of North Korea, countdown over Iran, nervousness about Syria, demands for more military spending, and war hunger in sections of the media. Americans’ nerves are further strained by domestic threats like cyber-infiltration, extreme weather, and mass killings, against which conventional defences seem powerless. Past wars don’t end all wars.

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Published in April 2013 no. 350
Alison Broinowski

Alison Broinowski

Alison Broinowski has lived, worked and frequently travelled in Japan. She was Australia's cultural attaché in Tokyo in the mid-1980s and has recently contributed a chapter, with Rachel Miller, on the history of the Australian Embassy, to a book on Australia–Japan relations edited at Deakin University.

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