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

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Gripping nonfiction account of Vietnam-era whistle-blowing.

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Meticulously researched and clearly presented, this history of the Pentagon Papers shows how one man helped topple an American president by insisting the truth be told to the American people. The issues are extremely complicated, but author Steve Sheinkin takes care to present Daniel Ellsberg's story with clarity, compassion, and an insistence on the facts. Kids interested in military history or journalism will be drawn in by Sheinkin's straightforward yet lively approach to the material. MOST DANGEROUS presents a concise and gripping account of the Vietnam War and offers detailed portraits of some of the most influential men of the later 20th century, from Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. The book even has its own brand of comic relief, in the form of G. Gordon Liddy and his notorious band of "Plumbers," who couldn't seem to get the simplest illegal mission right.

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