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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) Hardcover – September 22, 2015
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“Lively, detailed prose rooted in a tremendous amount of research, fully documented. . . Easily the best study of the Vietnam War available for teen readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Sheinkin has done again what he does so well: condense mountains of research into a concise, accessible, and riveting account of history. . . [This book] will keep readers racing forward.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
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"Sheinkin's most compelling one yet." ―The Washington Post
"Young people in the United States are growing up in a vastly changed world, one where endless war and all-pervasive surveillance is a matter of course. 'Most Dangerous' will help them understand how it has become so."―The New York Times Book Review
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It was admitted early on that not only was this a war that couldn't be won, but it was a war that the native people of Vietnam didn't want. They didn't care whether they were north or south, they simply wanted the fighting to stop and make things the way they were. The early South Vietnamese government officials were as corrupt as a sidewinder snake in the Mohave tDessert. There was more American currency being floated in the south than could be spend in a lifetime. Why put a stop to the gravy train?
Well the answer is easy. If our government was willing to sacrifice another American life in a war they could never win, then the President, Chief Of Staff and every congressional member should be placed as point personnel and let them fight the good fight. Let's see how they would feel after a day of combat on the point. Chances are they wouldn't be feeling a thing since they would have been shot the first 10 minutes of the combat.
Absolutely disgusting for all reasons and intent and purposes. Read the Pentagon Papers. Talk to veterans and get their take on our efforts and the reasons for such. Ask me, I was one of the soldiers thrown into the Vietnam War. There was no good reason for being over there then and there is no good reason for being anywhere now in a war we can never win. Read on and then decide for yourself. As John dams was quoted, "facts are stubborn things."
This is well written and still relevant today in light of what Edward Snowden did. Definitely well worth reading.
The writing and pacing of this book is superb: just enough detail is provided to tell the story, but it does not get mired down in minutia. Instead, we advance to the next stage of the story from the perspective of a transnational interloper who just by happenstance is the person most poised to understand the true nature of our nation's interaction with Vietnam.
This book is an easy read covering a complex series of issues: war, secrecy, bureaucracy, politics, Watergate, journalism, and presidencies. It does so with such ease that I will without equivocation recommend it to my students.
Dave Calkins, Master Sergeant,
US Army, Retired