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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439193762
  • ASIN: B008SMDE2S
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,787,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book a long time ago, and it impressed me greatly. By providing a series of insights into American approaches to a conflict with enemies of the United States who happened to be foreign, if the press can be believed, and by setting himself up as someone who wished to examine the issue of individual guilt in this context, the author managed to transform himself from a secret server of the system to the most famous domestic enemy of official secrecy in matters relating to national security. Those people who know the identities of the President and Secretary of Defence in November, 1965, might easily guess which one of them sent the other a secret memo expressing the fear that the odds were about even that the future could be worse. If this doesn't make any sense to you, you might gain something from reading this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Old School but Kicking on December 5, 2010
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Mr. Ellsberg is asking all readers to purchase his books and others at other outlets that are not suppressing free speech via Wikileaks. Please listen to the man who did the right thing then and is doing it again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By deeptrax on January 19, 2014
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I actually ordered this book, "Papers on the War", by mistake, but I do not regret it. I intended to order Ellsberg's "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers".

I recommend to get the two books together. "Papers on the War" is sort of an executive summary of the most important and representative of the 7000 pages of the Pentagon Papers, which is of course the Top Secret report on the history of the Vietnam Wars from 1945 - 1968, commissioned by Robert S. McNamara.

"Secrets: A Memoir..." reads like a history book and a political thriller, and traces Mr. Ellsberg's very personal journey from being a US Marine, to working for the Rand Corporation privately researching the Vietnam situation for the Defense Department, and then actually working for various government officials who reported directly to the President on Vietnam. He recreates his horror at concluding how his superiors (and he himself) knew the futility of the war effort, yet did not know how to extricate our country from the war, and continuously lied to the American people. Becoming a voice for the anti-war movement, he takes us through the 1968 and 1972 presidential elections, Watergate and the fall of Nixon.

"Secrets: A Memoir..." is a primer on how power corrupts. It is also an important history of what may be the most important era in modern US history. Lessons abound for today.

"Papers on the War" is a great companion book, and can be used as reference and footnotes to the "Secret..."
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