Had Oliver Stone not been involved in "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States," which premieres Monday night on Showtime, would the 10-part miniseries have a less hectoring tone ?
Would voices of actual historians replace clips from Frank Capra and John Wayne movies to make points of fairly grave significance ?
And perhaps most important, without the regular use of histrionic questions such as these, would the essentially reasonable warning against American nationalist preening have been less condescending and therefore more convincing ?
History will never know.
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Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and U.S. President Harry S. Truman