The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History Of The Vietnam War
  • The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History Of The Vietnam War
  • The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History Of The Vietnam War
ISBN: 1631582925
EAN13: 9781631582929
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 12, 2017
Pages: 848
Dimensions: 2" H x 8.9" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 2.13 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The WikiLeaks of its day (Time) is as relevant today in the time of Trump as it was a in the time of Richard Nixon. The most significant leaks of classified material in American history. -Washington Post

Not Fake News The basis for the 2018 film The Post by Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, The Pentagon Papers are a series of articles, documents, and studies examining the Johnson Administration's lies to the public about the extent of US involvement in the Vietnam War, bringing to light shocking conclusions about America's true role in the conflict.

Published by The New York Times in 1971, The Pentagon Papers riveted an already deeply divided nation with startling and disturbing revelations about the United States' involvement in Vietnam. Their release demonstrated that our government had systematically lied to both the public and to Congress. They remain relevant today as a reminder of the importance of a free press and all First Amendment rights.

This incomparable, 848-page volume includes:

  • The Truman and Eisenhower Years: 1945-1960 by Fox Butterfield
  • Origins of the Insurgency in South Vietnam by Fox Butterfield
  • The Kennedy Years: 1961-1963 by Hedrick Smith
  • The Overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem: May-November, 1963 by Hedrick Smith
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   It's scary how underhanded our government can be.
Reading this book can be muddied-like reading the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but there is a lot of gold to be mined if you're looking for examples of how deceptive our government can be in doing things they'd rather not have us citizens know and how morally questionable the Vietnam War was. In the end, you may feel like a lot of other people in wondering just what we did over there and was it worth the cost in young American lives. I think that reading is necessary to create truly informed citizens.
   Essential Reading for the Vietnam War
The Pentagon Papers is a must read for any Vietnam professional or amateur historian. No collection or documents better capture the history of the US involvement in Vietnam than the Pentagon Papers. It details the reasons for the American intervention and the truth used to sell it to the American public. This kindle version is done nicely.
   Quite a slog but vastly enlighening
This is the text of the anonymous report, which Robert McNamara commissioned as an archival file to explain how the U.S. was embroiled in Vietnam and then couldn t get out. Grand chronological periods are prefaced with a summary by one of the NY Times reporters that gives you a synopsis of that section. It is a case study of how otherwise sensible people can make bright decisions. For a more narrative form, I recommend David Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest. Here you can read the original arguments from the chief players who have trapped us there.
   I now understand why our country wastes lives and trillions of dollars on foolish wars
I wondered why we lost so many lives and wasted so much money on the Vietnam War. After reading this book, I now understand why our country wastes thousands of lives and trillions of dollars in non-strategic wars overseas. Obviously, the military industrial complex, warned of in one of his books and his farewell speech is alive and well and profitable. I read where one third of our military budget now goes to US military subcontractors, making some of them billionaires. We tax payers should put a stop to the wasteful wars and the waste of our tax dollars, as we did in the Vietnam War.
   If you want to know "WHY VIETNAM", read this book!
This is one of the very best books I have read on politics surrounding the reasoning behind the choices made about the beginning of the Vietnam War. There is no doubt that if JFK had lived, this war would never have taken place. JFK's second thoughts about the direction the war was taking was one of the reasons Lyndon Johnson and certain organizations within and outside of our government having him assassinated. This opinion is mine from a Vietnam combat veteran themselves and a Vietnam War Hawkat at the time. We were all used by the military industrial complex - just as Eisenhower warned the nation about just before he left the office.
   Perfect book for the questions I have had about the ...
Perfect book for the questions I have about the Vietnam War, I ask many questions, but have gone unanswered and I have discovered many answers so far and I only have a few chapters in! Highly recommend this book for anyone who has questions about this war, deeming it just a conflict I cannot wait to get to the end, as is exploding with information and loving it!
Amazing to see this today and to still see so many parallels to Iraq and Afghanistan... and possibly North Korea. So much learned, but some much that remains hidden from the public about the behind the scenes about Vietnam.