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Jackofalltrades    9,376

Showtime has a show done by Oliver Stone called The Untold History of the United States which really fascinates me. It's obviously not the story of chivalry, morality and genuine patriotism that you're force fed in school.

I wanted to ask about some other, credible resources so I could read more and I have no doubt you guys will have some leads.

Thanks.

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BBQ&Beer    716

The Way We Never Were by Stephanie Coontz.

A well researched look at the "good 'ol days" of the 50s (& earlier) showing that they weren't as "good" as advertised.

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mmmbeans    443

A people's history of the united states is pretty good, even if it's not the most scholarly resource (i.e. not a lot of foot notes...) But Zinn is a smart guy, albeit, with an agenda and though his facts are good, some of the parallels he draws are a bit suspect... but worth reading and It'll certainly give you a different perspective.

Lies my teacher told me is also good and in a similar vein.

Guns, Germs and Steel isn't US-centric but is also an interesting look at the long view of civilizations and why they succeed and fail. (though this one is a bit dryer.)

all these are great starting points imo.

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Delhommey    2,855

http://postmasculine.com/america

This is a fairly fair look at how the US is viewed internationally.

There are some sweeping generalizations and unfair assumptions, but by and large it's a pretty good synopsis.

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BBQ&Beer    716

oh no, don't let three quarters of this board get anywhere near #9

Yup. Though I would say 6 is something more Americans need to figure out.

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