Wild Man by Tom Wells
The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg

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In March 1971, Daniel Ellsberg gave The New York Times access to a classified government report revealing the secret history of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg, a former Vietnam Marine, said he violated national security to protest an illegal war. The release of the Pentagon Papers exploded in controversy. Ellsberg was indicted for espionage; charges were dropped when it was revealed that Nixon operatives burglarized the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist in order to discredit him. Wild Man is the first biography of the man at center stage in one of the most remarkable periods in American history. What drove this cold war intellectual to break the law? A richly detailed tale of the times, this indelible portrait of the hawk-turned-dove who tried single-handedly to end the war will stand as one of the great American stories.
 

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Tom Wells is the author of The War Within: America's Battle with Vietnam. He lives in Boulder, CO.
 
Published June 9, 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan. 656 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Daniel Ellsberg achieved fame in 1971, at age 40, when he leaked a massive, top-secret Pentagon study about U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War to the New York Times, helping to spur the Watergate scandal.

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