This book describes Daniel Ellsworth’s view on the Vietnam War. When the United States entered the Vietnam War in 1964 as a result of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Ellsworth was invited to the Pentagon as an assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense to help plan the war and prevent the spread of communism. At first, Ellsworth was convinced that the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War was necessary, but after he visited Vietnam, he opposed the war and knew that it could not be won for the US.
As a special worker at the Pentagon, Ellsworth had access to the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret government report on the history of the US political and military involvement between 1945 and 1968. If exposed, the Pentagon Papers would unmask the numerous lies of the US government and definitely bring an end to the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Will Ellsworth expose the Pentagon Papers?
I thought that this book was amazing. This was the best nonfiction book that I have read in a while. I loved how the chapters seamlessly connected together. I enjoyed the book so much that I finished it in just one day! The book actually provided me with lots of facts about the Vietnam War even though it was not written in a nonfiction style. Humor was present throughout the book, and it prevented me from putting the book down. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about history and warfare.
One memorable thing about this book was how educational it was. I learned lots of facts and statistics of the Vietnam War that really shocked me.
Reviewed by James, Grade 8, Gayton Library