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Papers and the Papers: An Account of the Legal and Political Battle Over the Pentagon Papers

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An account of the legal and political battle over the "Pentagon Papers". The "Pentagon Papers" was the name given to a secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, prepared at the request of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967.

Reprinted, with an additional preface, from the 1975 paperback (
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published 1989 by Columbia University Press (first published May 1972)
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James H.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1972 Sanford J. Unger, then a staff writer for the Washington Post, set out to recount the legal battle over the Pentagon Papers. I read his book when it was published in 1972 and, after watching the film "The Post," reread it.

The book was written before the US withdrawal from Vietnam and before the Watergate scandal revealed such abuses of power as the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg. It remains, nonetheless, riveting history that speaks to our present situation.

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Jeni Enjaian
This book was extremely helpful as I researched the Supreme Court case New York Times Company v. United States. Unger tells the story in its entirty not leaving out a single possible detail. That is also the reason that I did not give this book five stars. At times the information was simply overwhelming.
However, Ungar presents the complicated information in an easy to understand manner (as understandable as stuff like this can be) with more than adequate details. I would definitely use this book
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Barbara
Jun 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Very interesting read. Although a young woman when these events were occurring, I was too busy being a mom to really pay much attention to it. Now as a more politically astute mature person, I realized from reading this that in politics nothing much ever changes. The powerful are only interested in maintaining their power at any cost and will attempt to intimidate or try to crush anyone who gets in their way. There was nothing that was published that compromised national security (always such a ...more
Natalie Lin
Jan 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs, journalism & comm majors
A riveting account of the Pentagon Papers case that reads like a thriller while exploring the media's legal, moral, and financial relationship with the Papers. Much less scholarly than I expected it would be, but still thoroughly engaging.
Friedenbergmichael
Riveting read. It helped refresh my memory of President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew and their hostility towards the press. This book reads like a thriller but its all true.
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