Most Dangerous Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

By Steve Sheinkin

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War is New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin’s award-winning nonfiction account of an ordinary man who wielded the most dangerous weapon: the truth.


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In 1964, Daniel Ellsberg was a U.S. government analyst, helping to plan a war in Vietnam. It was the height of the Cold War, and the government would do anything to stop the spread of communism―with or without the consent of the American people.

As the fighting in Vietnam escalated, Ellsberg turned against the war. He had access a top-secret government report known as the Pentagon Papers, and he knew it could blow the lid off of years of government lies. But did he have the right to expose decades of presidential secrets? And what would happen to him if he did it?

A lively book that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, the National Book Award finalist Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin―author of Newbery Honor book Bomb as a leader in children’s nonfiction.

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Weight 22.4 oz
Dimensions 5.93 × .89 × 9.08 in