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

Finalist, National Book Awards 2015 for Young People's Literature

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin book cover, 2015
ISBN 9781596439528
Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
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Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin is the author of several histories for young readers, including Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, which was a 2012 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature and a Newbery Honor Book, and The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence.  More about this author >

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The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Most Dangerous recounts the story of America’s first large-scale government whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, who became famous (or infamous) for leaking the “Pentagon Papers,” which exposed the questionable decisions that led the United States into the Vietnam War. A fascinating and incisive portrayal, Most Dangerous is both extremely timely and relevant despite being about events from more than forty years ago—and a book that all young people and adults should have on their reading list.

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