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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Ellsberg Narrator: Daniel Ellsberg, Dan Cashman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598871937
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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 by 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Ellsberg’s] well-told memoir sticks in the mind and will be a powerful testament for future students of a war that the United States should never have fought.”

    Washington Post

  • “Ellsberg’s deft critique of secrecy in government is an invaluable contribution to understanding one of our nation’s darkest hours.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/6/2011

    " An exceptionally well written account of Ellsberg's transition from government insider to his decision to make what would soon be known as the Pentagon Papers public, even though it could mean life in prison for his actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/9/2010

    " A great memoir about Ellsberg's brave decision to release the Pentagon Papers. Some parts were a little dry, but he clearly wanted to give a thorough and detailed history of what happened. Wonder what the government is lying about these days... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 12/10/2009

    " Interesting insight into the mind and thinking of this active participant in our nation's ill-fated involvement in Vietnam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 11/30/2008

    " History is always more interesting when it is told as a story by those who were the principle actors "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 10/10/2008

    " Audio book read by Daniel Ellsberg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sira | 8/8/2008

    " Daniel Ellsberg is my freakin hero. His is a revelatory firsthand account of war, power & deception in Washington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeeyoung | 6/22/2008

    " very interesting! this is the guy who outed the pentagon by sending copies of the pentagon papers to the nytimes!! "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Ellsberg

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, he lives in California and Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Dan Cashman is an American television actor, producer, and audiobook narrator who has also appeared in many television movies such as Dangerous Women, The Invisible Man, and The Pretender.