Most Dangerous

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Most Dangerous

Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

By Steve Sheinkin

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596439528, 384pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Description

This captivating nonfiction investigation of the Pentagon Papers has captured widespread critical acclaim, including features in "The Washington Post "and on NPR, selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist, and selection as a finalist for the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.

From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of "The Port Chicago 50" and Newbery Honor Book "Bomb "comes a tense, narrative nonfiction account of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose years of government lies during the Nixon / Cold War era.

On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these files had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests. The investigation that resulted--as well as the attempted government coverups and vilification of the whistleblower--has timely relevance to Edward Snowden's more recent conspiracy leaks.

A provocative and political book that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, "Most Dangerous "further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.



About the Author
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic histories for young readers. His work is widely acclaimed. "The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights "received the 2014 "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award for Nonfiction and was a National Book Award finalist. "The Notorious Benedict Arnold" won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His exploration of the atomic bomb, "Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-The World's Most Dangerous Weapon" was a Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Sibert Award as well as the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Sheinkin's most recent work, "Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War", delves into the political intrigue of the Pentagon Papers. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.