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

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

by Steve Sheinkin


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ISBN-13: 9781596439528
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 145,743
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, was a National Book Award finalist and received the 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, won both the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the YALSA award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon was a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War was a National Book Award finalist, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner, and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Sheinkin lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

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Night in the Gulf of Tonkin was morning on the east coast of the United States. Daniel Ellsberg parked his white Triumph Spitfire convertible in the sprawling parking lot of the Pentagon. He got out of his car and joined the streams of men and women walking toward the massive five-sided building. This was the first day of his new job.
 Ellsberg climbed the stairs to the third floor and walked down the hall to John McNaughton’s office. It was a large suite with windows looking out across the Potomac River to the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome. McNaughton’s secretary kept watch from a desk just outside the boss’s private room. Other assistants sat in cubicles. Ellsberg entered his tiny workspace—“a cubbyhole,” he called it—barely big enough for a desk and chair, a bookcase, and two safes for classified files. There was a little window with a view of Washington. He sat down and began reading through a pile of papers.
 He did not have long to wait for the crisis his boss had promised. “My very first day on the job,” he later said, “all hell broke loose.”

Table of Contents


Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Cast of Characters,
Cold Warrior,
Day One,
Hostile Action,
Welcome Americans,
Wider War,
Limited Operations,
Diving Board,
Kill Ratio,
Making Progress,
Search and Destroy,
Lasting Impression,
Credibility Gap,
The Power of Leaks,
Low Point,
Madman Theory,
The Pentagon Papers,
Whole Vote,
Night Work,
Behind the Mask,
Bridges Burned,
War Room,
A Matter of Patriotism,
Slow Build,
Mr. Boston,
The Plumbers,
Bag Job,
Peace with Honor?,
Bizarre Events,
Painful Truth,
Epilogue: History Repeats,
Works Cited,
Source Notes,
Picture Credits,
About the Author,
Also By Steve Sheinkin,

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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I don’t usually get into nonfiction this much, but this was beyond interesting. Somehow I never knew about most of it. I felt amazed actually to be so clueless about a part of fairly recent American history. Some parts were really exciting like when he was on the run and getting parts of the classified documents printed. I just wonder if I would have been more into History when I was in school if I would have had to read something like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing history read at a level that will hold teen interest along with adults. This is an important time in history to read about. It is easy to see connections to today. This is a must read and should be discussed in classrooms across the country.b
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
This book is the living example of taking something we already kind of know about, and skewering it mind-boggling truth and ready-made suspense. The plot is history-based, so there's no thinking you're getting emotional over a made-up story. The struggles that Daniel Ellsberg (the main character) goes through are also realistic, changing your view of the Vietnam War Era forever. Daniel Ellsberg works for the government throughout the Cold War, and takes the position of a "Cold War Boy", someone who grew up on the American side of the Cold War, and liked it. Over time, the Cold War expands to include a new war, The Vietnam War, the war meant to heroically defend our way of life before it could be destroyed by Communists. Meanwhile, Ellsberg is exposed to the horrors of the Vietnam War through his "insider" government job, the perfect vantage point. He shifts from "insider" to "outsider", and from a confidential man to being targeted by the government for exposing the failures of the presidents. This exposure would be known as The Pentagon Papers, the first big leakage of Top Secret U.S. government information, ever. In other words, it is just as good as any of your favorite books with a theme of rebellion, but as a real life tale with real life consequences, too. Remember as you read that the outcome detailed in this book will make a lasting mark on the world you live in, because Daniel Ellsberg really was one "the most dangerous man in America" Jose C, age 14, San Francisco Regional Mensa
richRP More than 1 year ago
I have read the book and just love it could not stop read it