Most Dangerous

Most Dangerous

Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb comes a tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose the government's deceit. On June 13, 1971, the front page of 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 comissioned 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 politicans claiming to represent their interests. A provocative audiobook that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553552768
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 23, 2018

Another fascinating history by Sheinkin, one of the best writers of non-fiction there is. This is aimed at young adult level but is also perfect for adult readers. I am amazed at Sheinkin’s ability to take what must have been over 100,000 pages of reading, hundreds of hours listening to recordings, and several personal interviews with Ellsberg himself, and then to distill and shape it into a fascinating book that holds together.

Daniel Ellsberg was originally a hawk on the Vietnam War. However, Ellsberg’s two years in Vietnam with the State Department changed his mind, showing him that there was simply no way America could win that war. Interspersed with this Sheinkin tells the history of the Vietnam War, from the moment LBJ mishandled the situation in the Gulf of Tonkin. LBJ told lies about casualties, bought into the lies told by his generals, and lied about our ability to win. Nixon followed along, lying to the public about what the US was doing to end the war. A primary theme is how many times BOTH Johnson and Nixon proclaimed to aides that “I am not going to be the first US President to lose a war.”

Ellsberg was one of the people who helped assemble the secret history of the war later known as “The Pentagon Papers”, so he knew where the copies were kept. He risked his career to make photocopies and distribute them to major American newspapers. A lot of this book reads like a spy novel. It’s a complex story that Sheinkin summarizes well.

Mar 06, 2018

A riveting narrative about the man who obtained and released the Pentagon Papers. This was full of documented history and woven together to make it perfect for not just teenagers, the intended audience, but adults as well who are interested in learning more about the Vietnam War and how it was started, why it continued, and how it finally ended.

Feb 03, 2018

Highly recommend.

This reads like a fast paced thriller...but it’s real life. You learn about the Pentagon Papers, the bumbling Plumbers and thus (very high level) about Watergate.

This book on audio is only about 8 go ahead and get this, and learn something (and be entertained) over a weekend.


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