Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

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Covering the decade between his entry into the Pentagon and Nixon's resignation, Secrets is Ellsberg's meticulously detailed insider's account of the secrets and lies that shaped American foreign policy during the Vietnam era. Ellsberg provides a vivid eyewitness account of the two years he spent behind the lines in Vietnam as a State Department observer—an experience that convinced him of the hopelessness of Johnson's policies and profoundly altered his own political thinking. As Ellsberg recounts with drama and insight, the release of the Pentagon Papers, first The New York Times and The Washington Post, set in motion a train of events that ultimately toppled a president and helped to end an unjust war.

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DANIEL ELLSBERG, a Harvard graduate, ex-marine, and Rand Corporation analyst, was one of the "whiz kids" recruited to serve in the Pentagon during the Johnson administration. In 1971, Ellsberg made headlines around the world when he released the Pentagon Papers. Now a prominent speaker, writer, and activist, Ellsberg lives in California and Washington DC.

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In SECRETS, Daniel Ellsberg finally reveals the how and why behind his disclosure of the top-secret study about decision-making in Vietnam, which came to be known as "The Pentagon Papers." The story is fascinating, and one that anyone interested in Vietnam should hear. Ellsberg has a gruff voice, and he gives a true measure of himself as he reads his story. On the other hand, Dan Cashman reads the book as though it were a novel. While Cashman seems to understand and convey the passion that led Ellsberg to become a leading antiwar activist, at times he reads with a sense of happiness inconsistent with the events and inconsistent with Ellsberg's own tone. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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