It’s a story fit for Hollywood: An American citizen uncovers government secrets that he decides the public must know. He tells the world and quickly becomes a man wanted by his president, hated by many, considered hero by few. No, we’re not talking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Snowden (a 2016 movie about former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who famously leaked classified information from the NSA). We’re talking about a man who came well before cell phone bugging and email surveillance: Daniel Ellsberg.
In Most Dangerous, two-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin tackles the unbelievable-yet-true story of Ellsberg, a military analyst who compiled the Pentagon Papers—a 7,000 page document that revealed the lies presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson, and Richard Nixon had told to the American people about the Vietnam War. He leaked the papers to The New York Times and gained powerful enemies overnight. Here, in an exclusive Bookish reveal, Sheinkin shares his Lego book trailer—featuring actual phone conversations between President Nixon and his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, as they discuss how to track down Ellsberg.
Listeners with sensitive ears, beware, President Nixon needs to put a lot of dollars in the swear jar for this one.