Books: Non-Fiction

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Book — Non-fiction. By Daniel Ellsberg. 2003. 512 pages.
A riveting behind-the-scenes account of Ellsberg’s decade of disillusionment leading up to Nixon’s resignation.

Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

secretsIn 1971 former Cold War hard-liner Daniel Ellsberg made history by releasing the Pentagon Papers — a 7,000-page top-secret study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam — to the New York Times and Washington Post.

The document set in motion a chain of events that helped end not only the Nixon presidency but the Vietnam War.

In this memoir, Ellsberg describes in dramatic detail the two years he spent in Vietnam as a U.S. State Department observer, and how he came to risk his career and freedom to expose the deceptions and delusions that shaped three decades of U.S. foreign policy. [Publisher’s description.]

Fred Branfman and Daniel Ellsberg at the Capitol on July 28, 1971, reporting to an unofficial House panel investigating the significance of the Pentagon Papers. At right is Rep. Don Edwards, D-Calif. Photo: AP

A real-life political thriller” (USA Today) from the man who toppled a president and helped end the Vietnam War.

ISBN: 9780142003428 | Viking Press

1 comments on “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

  1. Scott Ohana on

    The whole idea of the US Constitution is that the government couldn’t get out of control…that the people themselves were supposed to be running things. Kinda lost track of that!

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