Inside the Pentagon Papers - Modern War Studies (Hardback)
  • Inside the Pentagon Papers - Modern War Studies (Hardback)
zoom

Inside the Pentagon Papers - Modern War Studies (Hardback)

(editor), (editor)
£31.95
Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 31/05/2004
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Inside the Pentagon Papers addresses legal and moral issues that resonate today as debates continue over government secrecy and democracy's requisite demand for truthfully informed citizens. In the process, it also shows how a closer study of this signal event can illuminate questions of government responsibility in any era. When Daniel Ellsberg leaked a secret government study about the Vietnam War to the press in 1971, he set off a chain of events that culminated in one of the most important First Amendment decisions in American legal history. That affair is now part of history, but the story behind the case has much to tell us about government secrecy and the public's right to know. Commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, ""the Pentagon Papers"" were assembled by a team of analysts who investigated every aspect of the war. Ellsberg, a member of the team, was horrified by the government's public lies about the war - discrepancies with reality that were revealed by the report's secret findings. His leak of the report to the New York Times and Washington Post triggered the Nixon administration's heavy-handed attempt to halt publication of their stories, which in turn led to the Supreme Court's ruling that Nixon's actions violated the Constitution's free speech guarantees. Inside the Pentagon Papers reexamines what happened, why it mattered, and why it still has relevance today. Focusing on the ""back story"" of the Pentagon Papers and the resulting court cases, it draws upon a wealth of oral history and previously classified documents to show the consequences of leak and litigation both for the Vietnam War and for American history. Included here for the first time are transcripts of previously secret White House telephone tapes revealing the Nixon administration's repressive strategies, as well as the government's formal charges against the newspapers presented by Solicitor General Erwin Griswold to the Supreme Court. Coeditor John Prados's point-by-point analysis of these charges demonstrates just how weak the government's case was - and how they reflected Nixon's paranoia more than legitimate national security issues.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700613250
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

Eve Was Shamed
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Life in the UK Test: Handbook 2018
Added to basket
Punch and Judy Politics
Added to basket
In Your Defence
Added to basket
£16.99   £10.99
Hardback
The Ten Types of Human
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Wind in My Hair
Added to basket
East West Street
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Rather His Own Man 2018
Added to basket
A Dictionary of Law
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
How to Change Your Mind
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
The Case for Impeachment
Added to basket
Letters to a Law Student
Added to basket
The Secret Barrister
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.