You will never look at the American dream the same way after you've read this book, where you realize how the present can be manipulated and, thus, how history books can "shape" the future. I'm a big fan of America and that's why I appreciate the honest work done by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick where things are never black or white. I have watched the TV documentary series that Oliver Stone has done out of the book which is a great complement to the book. History buffs will love both of them (book and DVD).
The fact that Oliver Stone needs no introduction either as a award winning film director whose primary genre has been the high water marks of American history, or as a decorated war hero and a Vietnam Veteran, gives him a certain undeniable credibility as someone who is a truly patriotic American. That he should feel strongly enough to say that he would be doing his young daughter great disservice if he didn't attempt to set the record straight when it comes to the facts of American history as has been ladled out by the tureen by the American establishment. So, in collaboration with Peter Kuznick he sets about to get the record straight. And does he? Considering he has no other axe to grind but get the Truth out, he does so beyond belief. His referencing alone deserves applause. Impeccably researched he doesn't spare any facts that may cause pain to the American pride and in the end manages to show his fellow Americans (what many in the rest of the world already knew), that the word coined by the USA for enemies it hadn't been able to defeat, was the most apt to describe itself in the 21st Century, Rogue State! He manages to show us, battle by battle, event by event, policy by policy, how a nation founded on high principles had over time become the rich industrialists' powerful tool to get the world to do its bidding and how it had hijacked democracy itself. What remains is an empty shell of a once honourable idea. At the same time the military and financial might of this rogue state is as dangerous to the well being of humanity as the environmental disaster that awaits us right round the corner.