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Secrets by Daniel Ellsberg
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Apr 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history

Both an entertaining suspense thriller, as Ellsberg goes underground to avoid being nabbed by the FBI before he can release the Pentagon Papers, as well as a major piece of the history of how and why five US administrations led their country deeper and deeper into the abyss of Viet Nam. I'm currently reading Barbara Tuchman's The March of Folly, which also addresses the latter. Whether or not you agree with what Ellsberg did, you have to admire him for being willing to give up everything meaningful in his life in order to get the truth out to the American people. The US learned that when an indigenous citizenry wants to throw off the yoke of colonialism (France) and foreign intervention (US) they they will ultimately prevail even if it takes one hundred years or more, as it did in Viet Nam. The British learned it 1776. Is the US learning it once again now in Afghanistan?

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