Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel EllsbergIn 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 ended not only the Nixon presidency but the Vietnam War. In this remarkable 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 American foreign policy. The story of one mans exploration of conscience, Secrets is also a portrait of America at a perilous crossroad.
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As the Vietnam War dragged on, with more than , U. In , at the request of U. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara , a team of analysts working for the Department of Defense prepared a highly classified study of the U. Completed in and bound into 47 volumes, it contained 3, pages of narrative along with 4, pages of supporting documents. Daniel Ellsberg, who had served as a U. By , however, Ellsberg had come to believe that the war in Vietnam was unwinnable. He also believed that the information contained in the Pentagon Papers about U.
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Published by The New York Times in , The Pentagon Papers riveted an already deeply divided nation with startling and disturbing revelations about the United States' involvement in Vietnam. The Washington Post called them "the most significant leaks of classified material in American history" and they remain relevant today as a reminder of the importance of a free press. Indeed, they are a focal point of The Post, a new film by Steven Spielberg about that era. With a new foreword by James L. Greenfield, this edition of the Pulitzer Prize winning series is sure to provoke discussion about government deception and the public's right to know, and shed some light on issues in the past and present so that we can better understand and improve the future.
Sep 30, ISBN The document set in motion a chain of events that ended not only the Nixon presidency but the Vietnam War. In this remarkable memoir, Ellsberg describes in dramatic detail the two years he spent in Vietnam as a U. State Department observer, and how he came to risk his career and freedom to expose the deceptions and delusions that shaped three decades of American foreign policy. In , Ellsberg made headlines around the world when he released the Pentagon Papers…. More about Daniel Ellsberg.
Pentagon Papers , papers that contain a history of the U. Secretary of Defense Robert S. The volume history, consisting of approximately 3, pages of narrative and 4, pages of appended documents, took 18 months to complete. Ellsberg, who worked on the project, had been an ardent early supporter of the U. He felt compelled to reveal the nature of U. After the third daily installment appeared in the Times , the U.