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Most Dangerous : Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Reprint) (Paperback) (Steve
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From the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Newbery Honor Book Bomb comes the story of how an ordinary man exposed two decades of government deception of the American public during the Vietnam War. A National Book Award Finalist“Gripping.”—New York Times Book Review“Steve Sheinkin is a master of fast-paced histories.” —Washington Post
Steve Sheinkin delivers a tense, narrative nonfiction account of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century." This is the story of 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 NSA 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.
Praise for Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War:Finalist for the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult LiteratureA National Book Award Finalist Selected for the 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People List
“Lively, detailed prose rooted in a tremendous amount of research, fully documented. . . Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Sheinkin has done again what he does so well: condense mountains of research into a concise, accessible, and riveting account of history. . . [This book] will keep readers racing forward.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Powerful and thought-provoking.” —Booklist, starred review
“Fast-paced and fascinating. . . backed up by meticulous research.” —VOYA, starred review