Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))
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This captivating nonfiction investigation of the Pentagon Papers has captured widespread critical acclaim, including features in The Washington Post and on NPR, selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist, and selection as a finalist for the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.
From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Newbery Honor Book Bomb comes a tense, narrative nonfiction account of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose years of government lies during the Nixon / Cold War era.
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 files 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. The investigation that resulted--as well as the attempted government coverups and vilification of the whistleblower--has timely relevance to Edward Snowden's more recent conspiracy leaks.
A provocative and political book that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.
This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.
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through lush green hillsides that stretched to the horizon. Caputo wondered how he was supposed to find the enemy out there. This would be his first day of combat. When the marines had first arrived at Da Nang, the orders had been clear: “The U.S. Marine Force will not, repeat will not, engage in day-to-day actions against the Viet Cong.” That lasted three weeks. With enemy forces advancing, the Joint Chiefs requested permission to broaden the mission from merely guarding the base to engaging
headquarters. He swam in the ocean every day. At night he lay in bed listening to the waves. But Ellsberg was still a trusted Washington insider. In the wake of the Tet Offensive, Rand sent him briefly to D.C. to join a group of consultants advising Clark Clifford, the new secretary of defense. * * * President Johnson was pacing the halls again. Unable to sleep, he would put on his robe and slippers and walk down to the situation room in the White House basement. “We couldn’t break him of
been tough enough, Nixon believed. He was confident he could frighten North Vietnam into backing down. “I’m the one man in this country who can do it, Bob.” THE PENTAGON PAPERS “A VERY ODD MAN, an unpleasant man,” Henry Kissinger would later say of his new boss, Richard Nixon. “He didn’t enjoy people. What I never understood is why he went into politics.” But if Kissinger did not exactly relish the president’s company, he did come to admire Nixon’s intelligence, and his willingness to make
there are some people here to see you!” Ellsberg called out, hoping this would alert Russo in time. The police walked into Sinay’s office. Ellsberg followed. He shot a glance at Russo’s stacks of papers. They were covered. “Hi, Lynda,” one of the officers said. “You’ve done it again, huh?” “Oh, God, I’m so sorry,” she said. “I’m hopeless with that damned key.” “Oh, no problem,” the policeman said. “You’ve got to get a lesson on that thing.” “I will, I will.” The cops waved, and left.