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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War…

by Steve Sheinkin

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RGG: Read everything written by Sheinkin. A good pairing with Russell Freedman's history of the Vietnam War. The epilogue comparing Edward Snowden's leaks to the Pentagon Papers is interesting, but probably deserves greater discussion. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 4, 2018 |
Of the historical biographies I've been reading lately, this one is the best. The writing is direct and clear, and the focus is on the events of Ellsberg's life that specifically led up to his involvement in the leaking of the Pentagon papers. Of course, everyone has heard of Watergate, but I did not know exactly what had prompted that investigation. I had no idea it was related to the Pentagon Papers. It was a fascinating story, and it does read a bit like a spy novel because there was actually real spying going on (duh!) The story is told in a way that reminds the reader of the government's accountability to the people as well as the protection of First Amendment rights. The book is biased toward the liberal side of the argument, but this is most probably because it is about Ellsberg who was, indeed, a liberal. There was some thought put into representing the conservative viewpoint, as well, in the inclusion of direct quotes from Nixon, Kissinger, etc.; however, the government covert operations and the persons involved do not come across as "good guys" in this story. The addition of the story of a US POW, Alvarez, added to the intensity of the story. By sharing a personal account, readers are able to feel the urgency of putting an end to the Vietnam War and its atrocities. The idea of Civil Disobedience, the role of Journalism and First Amendment Rights, government checks and balances are all teachable concepts inherent in the book. It is thoroughly researched, containing 9 pages of Works Cited and 25 pages of source note. The epilogue makes asks the question of Edward Snowden--is he a hero or a traitor? Sheinkin notes that Snowden is not the original government whistle blower--Ellsberg was. ( )
  MsKathleen | Jan 29, 2018 |
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 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. A provocative book that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.

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  Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
RGG: Read everything written by Sheinkin. A good pairing with Russell Freedman's history of the Vietnam War. The epilogue comparing Edward Snowden's leaks to the Pentagon Papers is interesting, but probably deserves greater discussion. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Oct 2, 2017 |
RGG: Read everything written by Sheinkin. A good pairing with Russell Freedman's history of the Vietnam War. The epilogue comparing Edward Snowden's leaks to the Pentagon Papers is interesting, but probably deserves greater discussion. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 2, 2017 |
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