Narrated by Stone, the new one-hour series will feature episodes that focus on human events, that at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America's unique and complex history over the last 60 years. Stone and a small group of historians and archivists have meticulously combed through the national archives of the U.S., Russia, South Africa, England, and Japan in search of papers, letters, memoranda, film, and photographs to assist in their documentation of unknown historical figures and events that have rarely, if ever, been revealed. Topics range from President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to the origins and reasons for the Cold War with the Soviet Union, to the fierce struggle between war and peace in America’s national security complex. Newly discovered facts and accounts from the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam War, and the great changes in America’s role in the world since the fall of Communism in the 1980s will be presented.Given Stone's suck-up to Fidel Castro, not to mention his other "history" films, I can't wait for his take on the atomic bomb. Well, actually, I can--but email me if he portrays the present President as the Obamessiah. (Similarly, I skipped most of Ted Turner's absurd series on the Cold War--which was an apologia for the Soviet Union.)
Oliver Stone, who has worked on the series for almost 2 years, said today, "Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result."
The good news:
1) Stone's Showtime project could delay his planned hagiography, I mean, documentary on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.(via Eric at Classical Values)
2) As Hugh Hewitt says, "I'd like to thank Oliver Stone in advance for enough material to fuel 50 radio shows."