William Oliver Stone, born September 15, 1946, is a famous American director and screenwriter. He has written and directed many controversial films, including JFK (1991), which hypothesized a number of controversies surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Alexander, based loosely on the life of Alexander the Great. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie version of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Evita (directed by Alan Parker). and adapted 1983 cult classic Scarface from the 1932 film of the same name. In 2008, he directed "W.", ostensibly a biopic of President George W. Bush, which focused solely on the negative aspects of his life, in effect smearing a sitting president. He also participated in the Vietnam War, and cynically used his status as a veteran to create a trilogy of anti-Vietnam War and anti-American polemic films, the first film being Platoon in 1987 (loosely based on his own experiences in the war), Born on the Fourth of July in 1989 (based on Ron Kovic's turn to anti-Vietnam war radicalism), and Heaven & Earth in 1993 (a loose adaptation of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace).
In spite of the often violent nature of his films, Stone has called himself "a practicing Buddhist or a student of it".In November 2012, Hudson Institute adjunct fellow historian Ronald Radosh lambasted "Oliver Stone's 'The Untold History of the United States'" Showtime television series (and accompanying book) as "mendacious" Cold War revisionism and "mindless recycling of Stalin's propaganda," noting similarities to Communist author and NKVD agent Carl Marzani's Soviet-published treatise We Can Be Friends. Writes Radosh:
"Over and over, Stone uses the same quotations, the same arrangements of material, and the same arguments as Marzani. This is not to accuse Stone of plagiarism, only to point out that the case he now offers as new was argued in exactly the same terms by an American Communist and Soviet agent in 1952."In 2013 the propaganda series came to an end.
- Ronald Radosh (November 12, 2012). A Story Told Before: Oliver Stone’s recycled leftist history of the United States. The Weekly Standard. Retrieved on November 4, 2011.