Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg by T. WellsWild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg by T. Wells

Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg

byT. Wells

Paperback | September 22, 2009

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In March 1971, Daniel Ellsberg gave The New York Times access to a classified government report revealing the secret history of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg, a former Vietnam Marine, said he violated national security to protest an illegal war. The release of the Pentagon Papers exploded in controversy. Ellsberg was indicted for espionage; charges were dropped when it was revealed that Nixon operatives burglarized the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist in order to discredit him. Wild Man is the first biography of the man at center stage in one of the most remarkable periods in American history. What drove this cold war intellectual to break the law? A richly detailed tale of the times, this indelible portrait of the hawk-turned-dove who tried single-handedly to end the war will stand as one of the great American stories.
Tom Wells is the author of The War Within: America's Battle with Vietnam. He lives in Boulder, CO.
Title:Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel EllsbergFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.01 inPublished:September 22, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619797

ISBN - 13:9780230619791

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Table of Contents

Preface * Prologue: Break-in * Loner * Outsider Liberated * Soldier and Theorist * Supergenius Rejection * Damaged Goods * Death Wish * Wild Man * Friend or Country? * 'We're All War Criminals' * Battle Mode * Boomerang * On Stage * Outcast

Editorial Reviews

“Praise for The War Within: An invaluable record of an unforgettable American calamity . . . The War Within deserves to be read and pondered for the lessons it provides about the surprising power of ordinary citizens to make and break wars and Presidents.” —The New York Times“By releasing the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, the enigmatic Daniel Ellsberg forever etched his name in the annals of American History. But until Tom Wells wrote Wild Man, the strange and twisted life of Ellsberg was largely unknown. Now, in this brilliantly researched biography, we finally understand the demons that drove the eccentric Ellsberg to perform a daring act of patriotism aimed at extracting the United States from the Vietnam War.” -Douglas Brinkley, Director of the Eisenhower Center and Professor of History at the University of New Orleans“Tom Wells has written a fascinating biography about the bizarre career of Daniel Ellsberg before he became famous as the man who turned the Pentagon Papers over to the New York Times. He has also retold, in breathtaking prose, portions of the dastardly and inept deeds of the "Plumbers" unit within the White House for a generation of Americans who have long since forgotten (if they ever knew of) Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Ellsberg may not be happy with this revealing account of his life and career, but Wells's biography will save him from becoming a mere footnote to history. As a fanatic hawk turned fanatic dove, Ellsberg's lasting claim to fame rests not so much on the secret RAND report that he leaked to the press, but on the Nixon White House's mishandling of this leak which transformed the "Plumbers" into burglars. Discovery of their break-in at the office Ellsberg's psychiatrist resulted in a mistrial of government charges against Ellsberg for releasing classified information. This first "black-bag" job of the "Plumbers" set the stage for the other illegal activities of the administration which Nixon Attorney General John Mitchell later called the ‘Watergate horrors.’” --Joan Hoff, James Pinckney Harrison Professor of History, College of William and Mary Author of Nixon Reconsidered“fascinating investigation...recommended.” —Library Journal“He probes Ellsberg's mind circumspectly, without overreaching and with 0fruitful results...Wells is a fair and perceptive chronicler of the life of this sometimes inspirational, sometimes maddening, always fascinating figure.” —Washington Post Book World“Tom Wells has done the nearly impossible in his comprehensive biography of Dan Ellsberg- captured the enigmatic and erratic brilliance of a gung-ho war-lover who sought the opportunity to 'kill Communists' in Vietnam,then risked prison to give the Pentagon Papers to the press in the single most effective blow of the anti-war effort he once had scorned.” —Tom Wicker, formerly of the New York Times