Most Dangerous

Most Dangerous

Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Book - 2015
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On June 13, 1971, the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests. Sheinkin tells how Daniel Ellsberg risked everything to expose the government's deceit.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781596439528
1596439521
Branch Call Number: Y 959.7043 EL598S 2015
Characteristics: 370 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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From the Oval Office to the
editor’s office of the New
York Times, Sheinkin tells a
gripping tale of government
secrecy and manipulation that
is still relevant today.

From the Oval Office to the editor’s office of the New York Times, Sheinkin tells a gripping tale of government
secrecy and manipulation that is still relevant today.


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JCLAllisonD Feb 28, 2017

A well written and engaging nonfiction read that is extremely relevant in today's world.

KristanW_KCMO Nov 17, 2016

A fascinating and eye-opening read. Loved it!

AL_BRIDGET Aug 23, 2016

Compelling writing about a window of American history that's incredibly useful to get a refresher on in today's political/world climate. I picked this up to read over a vacation, and I never would have guessed the book I wouldn't be able to put down while relaxing would be about the history of the Vietnam War or whatever, but it's SO GOOD.

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sophiahart3
Aug 21, 2016

I loved this book so much! It has so much information and guts in it that makes it so real and intriguing. The book itself flows super easily into one event after another which makes it probably my favourite history books I've ever read. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody interested in history or spy topics.

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ljahani
Jul 28, 2016

This is a top class espionage novel. Really gave a true insight into the politics and stealthly moments during the war.

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xzoelhx
Jul 28, 2016

I rarely ever read nonfiction books but this one kept me intrigued and captivated throughout the entire book. I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it.

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WendyLC
May 15, 2016

Good, but not as marvelous as Bomb, his previous book, which read like a thriller and was un-put-downable

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nonnynauss
Apr 20, 2016

Loved this!

LMcShaneCLE Dec 07, 2015

Reads like an espionage novel - great read for ages 12 and up, including adults. I hope educators see this book and consider for reading lists. It has relevance with the Edward Snowden case. What do citizens do when their government is lying to them?

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maroon_chicken
Nov 24, 2015

This book tells the story of how Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers to the press. I found it entertaining, and definitely better than the only other Steve Sheinkin book I have read, Lincoln's Grave Robbers, which I couldn't stand. (This made for an awkward conversation when I met him in person at the library's teen author lecture.) I find Steve Sheinkin's writing style clumsy, but this was an exciting story that I feel made up for that.

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LibraryChicken
Jun 26, 2016

"The key for us is to stay out of it," Nixon said...
Later, he would very much wish he had stuck to that position. p.217

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