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Most Dangerous Audiobook

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

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From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb , comes a tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America" and risked everything to expose the government's deceit.

On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over 20 years and four presidencies and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests.

A provocative audiobook that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.

©2015 Steve Sheinkin (P)2015 Listening Library

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    Boots 05-03-17
    Boots 05-03-17

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    "Stand up and be counted."
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    After listening to this book I started to read 7000 + Page documents of the Pentagon papers that are in the National Archives available on the internet. I got through about 500 pages and found it incredibly interesting it's nothing more than a history book; and I was wondering what team men and women sat down in a room somewhere in the Pentagon and put this together; it's written like a college paper it's very structured; very articulated, punctuated referenced, it's amazing. It really would have been amazing to have seen the first reporters eyes pop out when they got portions of this document and then synopsized it into the newspapers. I particularly enjoyed the stance that the newspapers had against the US government to publish the sections they did, and not back down. My thanks to David Ellsberg for having the strength to proceed with what he did.

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    Shawna McKeever 04-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic book"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. It is a "must read" for any history fan.

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    dewayne detroit, MI United States 02-20-17
    dewayne detroit, MI United States 02-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good!"

    This book made history come alive. It was so detailed but interesting so much information that you would not be able to get from any textbook. I loved it!

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    Everard 12-13-16
    Everard 12-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A missed opportunity"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Poorly narrated. I just finished listening to "A Savage War of Peace" by Alistair Horne, narrated by James Adams. This is a master class in narrating I feel.
    However, if infotainment is what you like then probably you won't know the difference. Maybe Ray Porter was instructed by the publisher to give it the Fox News self-serving treatment. That said, Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly are up there with Ed Murrow and Walter Kronkite. They got it so bang-on right on the election.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jack Wolf


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    OK. Assuming Audible.com listeners already know something about the Vietnam War fiasco, the pointless waste of 50,000 + US lives, not to mention the atrocities perpetrated on the Vietnamese people by the US war machine and arms industry, we don't need to be persuaded by inflection. We are talking about war crimes here, so treat this subject with respect. Hell, even M.A.S.H. got it right!


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    The Dark Side 06-01-16 Member Since 2013

    I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .

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    "'' Most Dangerous " the best book ever to explain the insider view of the Vietnam War."

    I loved this book because, being in my early teens I did not understand how anyone could WIN the Vietnam war. With all the causalities being reported. This book gave me an insight into this war , and effected my feeling greatly. I love Ray Porter"s narration. He is a perfect narrator for Most Dangerous . I listened to it straight through.

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    Dusty Wellsville, UT, United States 01-04-16
    Dusty Wellsville, UT, United States 01-04-16 Member Since 2015

    Covert spy & crime thrillers with lone heroes. Lots of action, start to end. Bad endings = bad book. Love Jack Reacher & Nathan McBride!!

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    Not bad, but hard to know what is true and what is now. Not a big history buff.


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