Were it not true, this story could read like a comedy. One gets the sense that Daniel Ellsberg's interaction with Vietnam is almost a Forest Gump-like experience. He pops up everywhere, on all sides, for a variety of reasons, all of which culminate in his understanding of how wrong our nation had gone for decades...and the ultimate release of the Pentagon Papers.
The writing and pacing of this book is superb: just enough detail is provided to tell the story, but it does not get mired down in minutia. Instead, we advance to the next stage of the story from the perspective of a transnational interloper who just by happenstance is the person most poised to understand the true nature of our nation's interaction with Vietnam.
This book is an easy read covering a complex series of issues: war, secrecy, bureaucracy, politics, Watergate, journalism, and presidencies. It does so with such ease that I will without equivocation recommend it to my students.