The Most Dangerous Man in America

The Most Dangerous Man in America

Daniel Ellsburg and the Pentagon Papers

DVD - 2010
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In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to the New York Times, making headlines around the world. One man's profound change of heart created a landmark struggle involving America's newspapers, its president, and the Supreme Court, a political thriller whose events led directly to Watergate, Nixon's resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, 2010
Branch Call Number: DOC 959.7043373 MOS
Characteristics: 1 DVD (94 min.)
Additional Contributors: First-Run Features (Firm)

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ba_library
Jul 19, 2018

I recently borrowed The Post DVD (with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks) about the woman who ran the Washington Post and her decision to release/report on the Pentagon Papers which were secret classified government documents about the U.S. history in Vietnam (good DVD). I really don’t know much about the era, I was a child during the Vietnam War and the only thing I recollect about it was that it was on the news EVERY evening. This documentary is very good it covers Daniel Ellsberg (he is featured in the documentary) and how he went about copying the documents and releasing them to the media and to Congress. He states four U.S. Presidents lied about the War and our reasons for involvement in it and our history with IndoChina. I was rather horrified that he had his children helping him make copies of the document (it was the good old days, you had to place each page on the machine and press ‘copy’ - there were 7,000 pages in the Pentagon Papers) but he believed he was doing the right thing and had to release the information to get the War to stop. This DVD does a great job of explaining his actions, the actions of the government and its effect on the War. Worth watching if you are interested in politics or history. Hearing Nixon’s comments (from the Nixon tapes) comes across very harsh and very paranoid. A slice of American history that should be fully exposed, analyzed and discussed. Interesting viewing.

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jweiskc
Feb 12, 2018

The phenomenon of government lying to it's citizens is not new. With the existence of Wikileaks, and Snowden revelations in the last several years; it's hard to be really surprised anymore. This movie does a great job of highlighting the players, the places and attitudes of all involved at the time; to bring a clearer understanding how we got into the mess known as Vietnam.

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Josanna
Jun 01, 2017

I have no idea how anybody could find this boring; it's the most interesting and enlightening documentary I've ever seen.
How ironic, that the USA government, Nixon at the time, was supposedly fighting for democracy in Vietnam, all the while attempting to restrict free speech in his own country.
The DVD skips in chapter 8, but if you go to menu and chapters, you can just go to chapter 9 and see the rest of it.

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LauraSteinert
Feb 22, 2017

It is really too bad that worthwhile documentaries have to be so boring, but at least this wasn't full of hype and absurd attempts are making the information "dramatic." Thank goodness we have Wikileaks now and don't have to hope we will find another Snowden. If you could get a teen to sit through this, it might be a valuable history lesson on why we need safeguards from our Congress and President. The myth of the USA is still just a myth.

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akirakato
Aug 29, 2013

This is a 2009 documentary film directed by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.
The film follows Daniel Ellsberg and explores the events leading up to the publication of the Pentagon Papers,
which exposed the top-secret military history of the United States involvement in Vietnam.
It is really amazing that the American presidents and all the top bureaucrats had been keeping quiet about the decades of lies about the Vietnam War.
It is also mind-boggling to witness that Daniel Ellsberg stood alone againt the most powerful government in the world, knowing that he would lose everything, and that he decided to make the top secret documents public by delivering the copies to the media.
I really respect and admire Ellsberg who exposed the misdeeds of five U.S. presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) as one man's mission to do right things.

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StarGladiator
Jun 11, 2013

Things are much more different today, Americans as rated by their knowledge of the environment, society, political culture and PoPCulture they exist in, come off as majority retards. Therefore, the preemptive arrests, begun in the Bush administration, and expanded under President Obama, won't seem like a repeat of the Palmer Raids, as most Americans have no idea of the history of their country, the financial scam system of their country, and on and on and on. . .Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, John Kiriakou, Thomas Drake, Mr. Binning from the NSA, Keysha Cooper, Dr. Cate Jenkins, who knows anything about these heroes in American today? It is truly disheartening to observe the wilful and militant ignorance of the American today.

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KCLibraryGuy
Jun 04, 2013

Ellsberg, now in his 80s, has become a staunch ally of Pvt. Bradley Manning, the young soldier charged with releasing classified documents to Wikileaks. The similarities between the cases are amazing; yet while Ellsberg (and The New York Times) were threatened with legal action, the charges were dismissed. Manning, who was charged with aiding the enemy, faces life in prison if convicted.

kevfarley Feb 15, 2013

A true 'profile in courage', about a Vietnam warrior vet who chose his country ahead of his career,.. and paid for it. ( P.S. Kev's PICkS : ...for some cold blooded contrast about the other side of the same coin,.. see "The Man Nobody Knew", about CIA director William Colby. A film made by his son ! )

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JDK5
Sep 08, 2012

Daniel Ellsberg is the precursor to Watergate's Deep Throat. He is a man who had the conscience, conviction and courage to expose the deception fueling America's decades-long involvement in the Vietman War. Top political figures knowingly distorted facts, manipulated figures and withheld information that ultimately cost thousands of lives for the sake of "saving face"..

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