“The WikiLeaks of its day” ( Time ) is as relevant as ever to present-day American politics.
“The most significant leaks of classified material in American history.” – The Washington Post
Not Fake News! The basis for the 2018 film The Post by Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, The Pentagon Papers are a series of articles, documents, and studies examining the Johnson Administration’s lies to the public about the extent of US involvement in the Vietnam War, bringing to light shocking conclusions about America’s true role in the conflict.
Published by The New York Times in 1971, 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 and First Amendment rights. The Pentagon Papers demonstrated that the government had systematically lied to both the public and to Congress.
This incomparable, 848-page volume includes:
With a brand-new foreword by James L. Greenfield, this edition of the Pulitzer Prize–winning story is sure to provoke discussion about free press and government deception, and shed some light on issues in the past and the present so that we can better understand and improve the future.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)|
About the Author
Neil Sheehan is the author of A Fiery Peace in a Cold War and A Bright Shining Lie , which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1989. He spent three years in Vietnam as a war correspondent for United Press International and The New York Times and won numerous awards for his reporting. In 1971, he obtained The Pentagon Papers , which brought the Times the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for meritorious public service. Sheehan lives in Washington, DC. He is married to the writer Susan Sheehan.
E. W. Kenworthy worked at The New York Times for nearly thirty years, in both New York and Washington. He passed away in January 1993.
Fox Butterfield is an American journalist and author. His work has been read and acclaimed widely, having received both a Pulitzer Prize for his role in publishing The Pentagon Papers and a National Book Award for China: Alive in the Bitter Sea.
Hedrick Smith is an American journalist, producer, and correspondent. During twenty-six years at The New York Times , he covered the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War, among many other monumental events in America history.
James L. Greenfield was the US secretary of state for public affairs as well as an editor for The New York Times for more than twenty years. He directly contributed to the publication of The Pentagon Papers and later founded the Independent Journalism Foundation.
Table of Contents
Foreword James L. Greenfield vii
Introduction Neil Sheehan xi
Chapter 1 The Truman and Eisenhower Years: 1945-1960 Fox Butterfield 1
Chapter 2 Origins of the Insurgency in South Vietnam Fox Butterfield 69
Chapter 3 The Kennedy Years: 1961-1963 Hedrick Smith 83
Chapter 4 The Overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem: May-November, 1963 Hedrick Smith 163
Chapter 5 The Covert War and Tonkin Gulf: February-August, 1964 Neil Sheehan 241
Chapter 6 The Consensus to Bomb North Vietnam: August, 1964-February, 1965 Neil Sheehan 315
Chapter 7 The Launching of the Ground War: March-July, 1965 Neil Sheehan 391
Chapter 8 The Buildup: July, 1965-September, 1966 Fox Butterfield 469
Chapter 9 Secretary McNamara's Disenchantment: October, 1966-May, 1967 Hedrick Smith 521
Chapter 10 The Tet Offensive and the Turnaround E. W. Kenworthy 601
Appendix 1 Analysis and Comment 637
The Lessons of Vietnam by Max Frankel 638
Editorials from The New York Times 653
Appendix 2 Court Records 663
Summary of Court Proceedings 664
U.S. v. New York Times Company, et al 665
Decision of U.S. District Court 665
Decision of U.S. Court of Appeals 673
U.S. v. The Washington Post Company, et al 674
Decision of U.S. District Court 674
Decision of U.S. Court of Appeals 675
Decision of U.S. District Court 680
Decision of U.S. Court of Appeals 683
Oral Argument Before the Supreme Court 687
Supreme Court of the United States, Decision and Opinions 725
Appendix 3 Biographies of Key Figures 757
Index of Key Documents 767