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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
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What many people don't know about Dr. Ellsberg is that he was an officer in the Marine Corps before he went into the academic world, then became a Rand Corp. analyst.
The most interesting element of the film is the process of watching Ellsberg change. He even examined a little of what led him into the Marines, wondering, he thought, whether he could make it. He ended up being the only 1st lieutenant overseeing 211 other Marines in a rifle company. While there, he still seemed to believe in "the system."
Early in the film, it seemed like it may go into a pscho-babble direction, i.e., diagnosing why he did what he did, But that wasn't, fortunately, taken too far. But while working for the system--being part of that system that perpetuated the war-- his conscience began to bother him. He talked with others, notably Tony Russo, who encouraged him to follow his conscience.
The film went from a silhouetted "actor" portraying Ellsberg on the phone, or in discussions with others, to an occasional animation. But the animation wasn't frivolous.Read more ›
For a younger generation not familiar with the virtual civil war that was going on in American society in the latter stages of the Vietnam War this will serve as a primer, of sorts. Virtually every institution from the local PTA to the White House was subject to analysis and to questioning about the purposes of its existence. Although such intense scrutiny only lasted for a short while it provided enough political space for the previously seemingly non-heroic ex-Marine Daniel Ellsberg to do his expose, for the mainstream mass media, like the "New York Times", "Washington Post", and "The Boston Globe" very connected to the governmental levers of power, to take a chance on publishing the whole of Ellsberg's discoveries. And, frankly, with the partial exception of Watergate there have been very few subsequent efforts like this from inside the establishment.Read more ›
Reviewed from any direction, this is an excellent piece of personal reportage. Meticulously researched, truthfully written, realisticly but creatively shot, and marvelously edited, this is a serious and highly responsible documentation, not only of an important period of American history, but also of the broad and deep failure of this generation of leaders in positions of responsibility to "do the right thing." And, it may well be a predictor of what can happen to the future of presidential leadership, if well-informed, highly responsible and conscientious citizens and the mainstream media don't take our roles seriously, and act to preserve the values on which this country was founded.
Timme Helzer, Professor and Consultant
Organizational Leadership and Change
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this history told in this documentary is the best recounting of the politics of Vietnam. Dr. Ellsberg was the most knowlegable person during the conflict and still is to this day.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I practically slept through that horrible era. This shows how evil our government can be, even today. Ellsberg and Snowden are heroes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AlchemystAZ
It was interesting to revisit the Watergate period and all the outrageous things that went on during that time.Published 20 months ago by Bunnylulu
Movie is outstanding. Shows genius military boy go from rising star, to "Most Dangerous Man In America". Read morePublished on September 19, 2014 by Bradley G. Mastin