The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War (Unabridged) The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War (Unabridged)

The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War (Unabridged‪)‬

Neil Sheehan and Others
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Publisher Description

"The WikiLeaks of its day" (Time) is as relevant as ever to present-day American politics.

Not fake news! The basis for the 2018 film The Post, 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. The Washington Post called them "the most significant leaks of classified material in American history" and they remain relevant today as a reminder of the importance of a free press and First Amendment rights. The Pentagon Papers demonstrated that the government had systematically lied to both the public and to Congress.

This incomparable 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
The Covert War and Tonkin Gulf: February-August, 1964 by Neil Sheehan
The Consensus to Bomb North Vietnam: August, 1964 - February, 1965 by Neil Sheehan
The Launching of the Ground War: March-July, 1965 by Neil Sheehan
The Buildup: July, 1965 - September, 1966 by Fox Butterfield
Secretary McNamara's Disenchantment: October, 1966 - May, 1967 by Hedrick Smith
The Tet Offensive and the Turnaround by E. W. Kenworthy
Analysis and Comment
Court Records
Biographies of Key Figures

With a brand-new foreword by James L. Greenfield, this edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning story is sure to provoke discussion about free press and government deception, and shed some light on issues in the past and the present so that we can better understand and improve the future.

James Anderson Foster
hr min
January 16
Brilliance Audio

Customer Reviews

Mosquito99586 ,

Worth Your Time

If you are asking yourself if 37 hours of government documents is worth your time, all I can say is that if you really want to know what happened behind the scenes of Vietnam then the Pentagon Papers is what you are looking for.

This is the whole thing, from all the sides, in their own words, crushed under the listeners’ own knowledge of how everything ends.

There are a lot of different points of views here, but its all presented very neutral. It is what it is and you have to process it all yourself and try and make sense of it.

Don’t be worried about having to listen to someone read spreadsheets, almost all the documents are reports or letters and each are well introduced in an introductory section first. There are many side commentaries and notes to keep the listener informed. It is also presented chronologically so is easy to follow. The reader has a good voice and is easy to listen to.

There is also a lengthy section at the end involving the legal case in publishing these documents that may be one of the more important moments in history that I was completely unaware of.