In working together on two challenging new documentariesSouth of the Border and the forthcoming The Untold History of the United States series for Showtimefilmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on
the politics of history.
Their dialogue brings to light a number of forgottenor deliberately buriedepisodes of American history, from the US intervention against the Russian Revolution and the dynamic radicalism of the
Industrial Workers of the World to Henry Wallace’s sidelining by Democratic Party machine insiders and the ongoing interference of the United States in Pakistani political affairs.
For Stone and Alitwo of our most insightful observers on history and popular cultureno topic is sacred, no orthodoxy goes unchallenged.
TARIQ ALI is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London.
OLIVER STONE has directed, among other films, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W., World Trade Center, Alexander, Any Given Sunday, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, Heaven and Earth, JFK, The Doors, Born on the Fourth of July, Talk Radio, Wall Street, Platoon, Salvador, and the documentaries Looking for Fidel, Comandante, Persona Non Grata, South of the Border, and the upcoming The Untold History of the United States series for Showtime.
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About the Author
OLIVER STONE has won Oscars for directing “Born On The Fourth Of July” and “Platoon”, and for writing “Midnight Express”. He was nominated for director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon). He’s also received three Golden Globes for directing (“Platoon”, “Born On The Fourth Of July” and “JFK”), one for writing (“Midnight Express”). He is director for the forthcoming Showtime 10-hour series “Forgotten History of the United States.”
Stone wrote a novel, published in 1997 by St. Martin’s Press, entitled “A Child’s Night Dream”, based on Stone’s experiences as a young man. He is a contributor of some 200 pages of essays on movies, culture, politics and history to the book “Oliver Stone’s USA”, edited by Robert Brent Toplin and published by the University Press of Kansas (2000). Stone wrote the afterword for a book of scholarly essays analyzing his film “Alexander” called “Oliver Stone’s Alexander: Film, History, and Cultural Studies” (2009).
Stone was born September 15, 1946 in New York, New York. Prior to his film career, Stone worked as a schoolteacher in Vietnam, a Merchant Marine sailor, taxi driver, messenger, production assistant, and sales representative. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68. He was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in 1971.
TARIQ ALI is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics, and seven novels (translated into over a dozen languages) as well as scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of New Left Review and lives in London. His website is http://tariqali.org/.
Table of Contents
World War I
U.S. enters WWI
Wilson and the Treaty of Versailles
Economics of WWI
Defeat of the Russian Revolution
King Leopold and the Belgium Congo
Wilson sends troops to Russia
Causes of WWII
The Japanese and Pearl Harbor
Oil Embargo against the Japanese and Germans
German thoughts on the U.S.
U.S. need for raw materials post-WWII
Saudi royal family ties to U.S.
U.S. as imperial power
U.S. inherits Britain's colonial legacy
Sir Richard Burton
Russian Revolution ends British Empire
Russians agree to Hiroshima
Anti-communism in the U.S.
American Labor Movement
Wallace vs Truman
The Cold War
U,S. involvement in lndonesia
Nehru in lndia
Greek Civil War
Soviet expansion post WWII
Cuba and the Soviet Union
Soviet empire and economic control
Marshall Plan and American imperialism
Stalin and Tito from Yugoslavia
Nuelear bomb as principle weapon
China, India, Pakistan, Israel, South Africa
Apartheid ends nuclear system in South Africa
Iraq and the United States
Muslim empire 7th and 8th centuries
1099 the Crusades
lslam and trade
Allah and Mohammed
American and British opposition to Nasser
Triumph of tIe Vietnamese
My Lai massacre
Venezuela and the IMF
Increase ofAmerican power and influence
Confessional states lsrael and Pakistan
Thomas Freeman and McDonald Douglass
Economics and Marxism
War on Terror
U.S. can't go into lran
Doctrine of pre-emptive war
Human Rights as a reason to intervene
Violence and torture as acceptable
Media and profit
Latin America and Chavez
Paid Army, mercenaries
History has become subversive
Origins of American Empire
Salem witch trials, Monroe Doctrine
The end of History?
Nixon and China
Al-Nawab poem "On the Bird"