Inside the Pentagon Papers

Inside the Pentagon Papers

by John Prados
     
 
"Exciting as history and compelling as law, Inside the Pentagon Papers gives us the secret documents from this famous case-and shows how thin the government's legal and factual arguments actually were."—Anthony Lewis, author of Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment"This is a signal event, for the revelation of the Pentagon Papers

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"Exciting as history and compelling as law, Inside the Pentagon Papers gives us the secret documents from this famous case-and shows how thin the government's legal and factual arguments actually were."—Anthony Lewis, author of Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment"This is a signal event, for the revelation of the Pentagon Papers brought forth Nixon's Plumbers—nd the rest, as we know, is history."—Stanley I. Kutler, author of The Wars of Watergate "So many dazzling new perspectives on events we thought we knew and a cautionary tale for here and now."—Frank Snepp, author of Decent Interval and Irreparable Harm "The most complete, incisive and persuasive study of those documents yet published."—Floyd Abrams, co-counsel to the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case

Author Biography: John Prados is the author of numerous books, including The White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President and The Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby. He is currently director of a project on declassified Vietnam War documents at the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Margaret Pratt Porter is director of communications and publications for Vietnam Veterans of America and editor of The VVA Veteran.

Editorial Reviews

Anthony Lewis
A wonderful and significant story.
New York Review of Books
American Journalism
Highlights the burden of a free press that enriches a nation that cherishes freedom but yearns for national security.
Library Journal
On June 13, 1971, the New York Times printed its first installment of the Pentagon Papers, a massive narrative of this country's often misguided Vietnam policies from the Truman through the Johnson administrations. Prolific historian Prados (The Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby) and Porter, an official of Vietnam Veterans of America, combine informative summaries of the impact and legacy of the Pentagon Papers with interviews of important players, most notably Daniel Ellsberg, who released the papers to the Times and the Washington Post. Also included are the views of scholars, such as David Rudenstine, whose excellent The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers is updated here through use of more recent declassified documents. In one of the many illuminating first-person accounts, Hedrick Smith of the Times recounts the struggle between those who considered release of the papers a breach of national security and the majority, who believed that their release was essential to protect the First Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled that the government's case against release was not compelling. Recommended for all public and academic libraries. Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700613250
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
04/23/2004
Series:
Modern War Studies
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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