Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick to talk about dark side of U.S. history at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/14/2013

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CHICAGO - Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick are sure to provoke important questions and discussion when they talk about their recent joint project, “The Untold History of the United States.” Stone and Kuznick appear as Auditorium Speakers at 2013 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 1. 

Their recent publication “The Untold History of the United States,” a thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history, is a companion to the Showtime documentary series that challenges the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books. Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world’s best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented “People’s History of the American Empire,” arguing that we must face our history forthrightly in order to set a new course for the 21st century. Stone and Kuznick are also eager to talk to and with librarians about what they see as the current sorry state of history books available to middle and high school students. 

Oliver Stone has won numerous Academy Awards for his work on such iconic films as "Platoon," "Wall Street," "JFK," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Natural Born Killers" and "Salvador." W.  Peter Kuznick is a professor of history and director of the award-winning Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. He is currently serving his third term as distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians. He has written extensively about science and politics, nuclear history and Cold War culture.

Stone and Kuznick’s appearance is sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

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