The Best Episodes of Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States

Bush & Obama - Age of Terror

#1 - Bush & Obama - Age of Terror 8.62

Season 1 - Episode 10

In the Season 1 finale, the war on terrorism and the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama are examined.

World War II

#2 - World War II 8.48

Season 1 - Episode 1

The first chapter explores the birth of the American Empire by focusing on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Through examination of key decisions during World War II, discover unsung heroes such as American Henry Wallace and explore the demonization of the Soviets.

Directors: Oliver Stone
Bush and Clinton: Squandered Peace - New World Order

#3 - Bush and Clinton: Squandered Peace - New World Order 8.46

Season 1 - Episode 9

George W. Bush's doctrine of endless war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued cannibalization of the U.S. economy. Squandered chances given by the end of the Cold War. A new USA, the National Security Fortress.

Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World - Rise of the Right

#4 - Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World - Rise of the Right 8.34

Season 1 - Episode 8

Ronald Reagan succeeds Jimmy Carter; Reagan and the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev powwow; and Reagan's legacy is examined.

The Bomb

#5 - The Bomb 8.33

Season 1 - Episode 3

The strategies behind the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan are explored as well as the new mythology that emerged from the war. The bombing haunted the Soviets and mistrust towards the Allies grew quickly.

Directors: Oliver Stone
JFK: To The Brink

#6 - JFK: To The Brink 8.29

Season 1 - Episode 6

JFK and the Bay of Pigs; on the brink of total war during Cuban Missile Crisis; early Vietnam; JFK's attempts at peace with Khrushchev; JFK assassinated. Directed and narrated by Oliver Stone.

Directors: Oliver Stone
Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune

#7 - Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune 8.26

Season 1 - Episode 7

The war in Vietnam reaches a turning point; President Nixon's involvement in Watergate comes to light.

The '50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World

#8 - The '50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World 8.18

Season 1 - Episode 5

Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles replace Truman. Stalin dies but relations with the Soviet Union turn colder. The H-bomb and the doctrine of nuclear annihilation are explored, as are the Korean War and U.S. rearmament. McCarthyism grows and so does the ruthlessness of U.S. policy towards a Third World. Eisenhower emerges as a game changer.

Directors: Oliver Stone
Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace

#9 - Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace 8.13

Season 1 - Episode 2

Highlights from the historical upset of Harry Truman replacing Henry Wallace as Roosevelt's Vice President. Exploration of the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union and the beginnings of the Cold War.

Directors: Oliver Stone
The Cold War: Truman, Wallace, Stalin, Churchill & the Bomb

#10 - The Cold War: Truman, Wallace, Stalin, Churchill & the Bomb 7.94

Season 1 - Episode 4

The equation changes: specific month-by-month causes of the Cold War emerge and it is not entirely clear who started it. Highlights include Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, the civil war in Greece and the Red Scare that prompts the rise of Joseph McCarthy, the House Un-American Activities Committee and the FBI.