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Most dangerous Daniel Ellsberg and the secret history of the Vietnam War

by Sheinkin, Steve,

Format: Book on CD 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
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Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult YA CD/BK 959.704 SHEIN
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Young Adult
 
Call Number  YA CD/BK 959.704 SHEIN
 
 
Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Sheinkin Newbery Honor winner for Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (2012) tackles the tangled narrative of the Vietnam War in his latest book. Focusing on the life of Daniel Ellsberg, Sheinkin offers a fascinating portrait of a brilliant, idealistic man and his decision to leak the Pentagon Papers, revealing unsavory government secrets about America's involvement in Vietnam. A product of the Cold War, Ellsberg was intrigued by questions of risk and crisis decision making, leading to his career as a think-tank analyst and eventual role as government whistle-blower. To create a broader backdrop for the narrative, Sheinkin includes stories of prisoners of war and White House machinations, though the POWs fall away by the end of the book as the secrets spiral beyond everyone's control, even Ellsberg's. Readers will not have much empathy for the government leaders as portrayed in this book, although Sheinkin does reveal a softer side to the otherwise ruthless Richard Nixon. Ellsberg's time spent with patrols in Vietnam is particularly well written, relaying the palpable atmosphere of hopeless ambiguity that strongly influenced Ellsberg's decisions. Sheinkin's extensive research includes black-and-white period photographs and author interviews with Ellsberg and his wife. Most Dangerous is thorough and challenging, and readers are left to determine whether Ellsberg and whistle-blowers in general is a hero or a traitor. Powerful and thought-provoking.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sheinkin (The Port Chicago 50) has done again what he does so well: condense mountains of research into a concise, accessible, and riveting account of history. This time he focuses on the turbulent Vietnam War era, using as his lens Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the Pentagon Papers. Divided into three sections, the book's short chapters detail Ellsberg's transformation from U.S. Marine, government analyst, and "cold warrior" to antiwar activist and whistle-blower. Initial pages list nearly 100 characters central to the Ellsberg-Vietnam story, including politicians, reporters, military personnel, and Vietnamese officials. Each appears chronologically in the expansive narrative, which also traces how several U.S. presidents and their often-secretive policies led to the prolonged conflict in Southeast Asia. Chapters dealing with Ellsberg's clandestine leak of a top-secret government study of the war, as well as the Nixon White House's response, read like the stuff of spy novels and will keep readers racing forward. On the 40th anniversary of the evacuation of Saigon, the book's themes still resonate, as the epilogue about whistle-blower Edward Snowden points out. Ages 10-14. Agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Ellsberg, Daniel -- Juvenile literature.
Rand Corporation -- Employees -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Pentagon Papers -- Juvenile literature.
Whistle blowing -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Vietnam -- Juvenile literature.
Vietnam -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974 -- Juvenile literature.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher New York : Prince Frederick, MD :2015
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Porter, Ray, 1965- narrator.
Listening Library, publisher.
Recorded Books, LLC, publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Ray Porter.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact disc.
In container (17 cm.).
Description 7 audio discs (8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780553552751
0553552759
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