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

Sheinkin, Steve (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781596439535 (e-book)
  • ISBN: 1596439521 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9781596439528 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: 370 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2015.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-358) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue: Feasibility Study -- Cold warrior -- Day one -- Hostile action -- Welcome Americans -- Wider war -- Patricia -- Limited operations -- Diving board -- Kill ratio -- Escalation -- Break-up -- Making progress -- Search and destroy -- Lasting impression -- Credibility gap -- The power of leaks -- Madman theory -- The Pentagon Papers -- Whole vote -- Night work -- Troublemaker -- Behind the mask -- Bridges burned -- War room -- A matter of patriotism -- Slow build -- Mr. Boston -- Underground -- Arrest -- Fame -- The plumbers -- Bag job -- Consequences -- Preposterous -- Peace with honor? -- Bizarre events -- Painful truth -- Epilogue: History repeats.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 to 14.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 August #1
    *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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, was a National Book Award finalist and received the 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, won both the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the YALSA award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon was a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War was a National Book Award finalist, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner, and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

Subject: Vietnam
United States
Whistle blowing
Politics and government
Diplomatic relations
Pentagon Papers Pentagon Papers
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Rand Corporation.
Ellsberg, Daniel
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
United States Politics and government 1969-1974 Juvenile literature
Vietnam Foreign relations United States Juvenile literature
United States Foreign relations Vietnam Juvenile literature
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 United States Juvenile literature
Defense information, Classified United States Juvenile literature
Whistle blowing United States History 20th century Juvenile literature
Pentagon Papers Pentagon Papers Juvenile literature
Rand Corporation Employees Biography Juvenile literature
Ellsberg, Daniel Juvenile literature
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.
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