Memoir Of Vietnam And The Pentagon Papers By Daniel Ellsberg

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This review is about the book Secrets: a Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg, first published in 2003. The book is about Ellsbergs’ experience working in the Pentagon under Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and the think-tank RAND before releasing the Pentagon Papers to the public, which would lead to Nixon’s resignation and the end of operations in Vietnam through the revealing of government misconduct. Ellsberg shows that he believed that Vietnam was doomed from the start and was never going to be successful1, and needed to be stopped, so releasing the Pentagon Papers was the correct move. This book is well-written for the most part and keeps a sense of suspense quite well, but occasionally it delves too deep into the details and becomes long-winded. My major points are the credibility of the author, his writing style, and the organization of the book.
Ellsberg was born in 1931 in the city of Chicago, to Jewish parents Adele and Harry Ellsberg. He grew up in Detroit however, and in 1946 both his mother and sister were killed in a car crash after ...

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