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


by Steve Sheinkin
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

My “adults who read kids’ books” book club loved this one, as we had loved Bomb a few years ago. I tried reading Bomb and found I couldn’t get into it until I had it as an audio book – something about nonfiction audio is a lot like a really long NPR story and just works for me, since I have a hard time with nonfiction. Sheinkin’s writing is very narrative, also, which helps a lot. I really love the way Sheinkin researches the people in his books so thoroughly that he can tell us what they were thinking and their personalities become very real to us. I did get lost in one part when he diverged talking about Watergate and had to have the other bookclubbers explain the connection to Ellsberg to me (the same secret mission team who bungled getting info on him was also in charge of Watergate).

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