Secrets by Daniel Ellsberg
A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

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In 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 man's exploration of conscience, Secrets is also a portrait of America at a perilous crossroad.
 

About Daniel Ellsberg

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Daniel Ellsberg is a former U.S. Marine commander and Rand analyst, and was one of the whiz kids recruited by Robert McNamara as a Pentagon war analyst in the Johnson administration. He is a prominent speaker and activist on behalf of antinuclear and environmental causes.
 
Published September 30, 2003 by Penguin Books. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, War. Non-fiction

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While the author scatters details of Assange and WikiLeaks throughout the book, Greenberg has larger aims: to catalogue “a revolutionary protest movement bent not on stealing information, but on building a tool that inexorably coaxes it out, a technology that slips inside of institutions and leve...

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Ellsberg creates page-turning human drama and suspense in both his descriptions of his early experience accompanying U.S. combat missions in Vietnam and his days spent underground evading an FBI manhunt after the Times's publication of the Papers.

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The risks with secret-keeping are not only associated with telling secrets, but the risks to our lives and to our constitutional government come from keeping secrets.

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The Nation

It’s time to ditch the political euphemisms, and start calling lies, theft and greed by their true name.

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Columbia Journalism Review

Back in 1999—simpler times, perhaps—there was a little-noticed brouhaha in federal court over an effort to get several secret US government documents released through official channels.

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we’re probably already paying about $15 per hour for farm labor (hand picking tomatoes), but it’s society as a whole that’s paying, not agri-business.

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Christians are people not perfect - if you know someone who prays for something - so what - as long as they understand the Father is in control - all is well.

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