Audio Review: Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

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Audio Review: Most Dangerous by Steve SheinkinMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
Published by Roaring Brook Press on September 22nd 2015
Genres: History - Nonfiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library

From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb comes a tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose the government's deceit.

On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicians claiming to represent their interests.

A provocative book that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.

I always find it so incredibly difficult to review a non-fiction book, but I’m going to try anyway with Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin. Basically, I LOVED Most Dangerous!

I admit that I am a total fan girl of all of Steve Sheinkin’s non-fiction books. I’ve read The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, The Port Chicago 50, and Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, and I have loved each and every one. But I was a little nervous to read Most Dangerous, because it’s about The Vietnam War, a topic in history that has never really interested me all that much. But seriously, I shouldn’t have worried, because Steve Sheinkin’s books always amaze me.

Most Dangerous takes us on a journey to help explain how Daniel Ellberg made the decision to release top secret documents (The Pentagon Papers) to the press. It’s really a fascinating story. Daniel Ellsberg took a long time to finally decide that the American people had a right to know all the details about the Vietnam War.

Even as someone who knows next to nothing about the Vietnam War, Sheinkin does such a wonderful job of explaining it. I couldn’t put this book down. I came away thinking that Daniel Ellsberg was a very brave man. I can’t imagine having to make that decision, knowing that he would probably be arrested. He did it because he thought it was the right thing to do. And regardless of whether or not you agree with him, I think you have to admire his courage.

I will read anything Steve Sheinkin writes. Like I said, total fan girl here!


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5 Responses to “Audio Review: Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin”

  1. Sophia Rose

    I don’t read much non-fiction, but this tends to be the type I will pick up. I can appreciate being worried that not knowing much about the Vietnam War might be an issue, but glad it wasn’t since the focus seems to be more on Daniel. I haven’t read any from this author so I’ll have to keep him in mind next time I get the urge for some historical non-fic.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I love nonfiction though I agree it’s tough to review. I haven’t heard of Sheinkin but he sounds like someone I need to read! This sounds fascinating and it’s about something I know basically nothing which is always good. Great review! Off to add him and this book to my TBR.

  3. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    This is not a book I would usually read, but the fact that it is about a time when one person tried to expose the government makes it sound very interesting. Unfortunately it’s still something that resonates today. I’m glad this didn’t disappoint – it’s great that you have loved what this author writes about!

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