I’m giving a 5 star review to J. Powers book "The Pentagon Papers". The Millenial Generation, people born in the 1980's through the 2000's, may know nothing about the importance of the Pentagon Papers. Powers book makes no attempt to provide a detailed and full version of the "Papers" but instead to provide a kind of outline of them and explain the US involvement in Vietnam.
The aim of this publication, drawn exclusively from the original work, is to restore the currency of the Papers to a new generation who find their nation engaged in another "endless war." This new generation will discover that we have been here before and that it will not end without concerted effort to impose transparency and accountability on our leaders.
Powers has succeeded in his objective and reminded us that our entrance in the war in Iraq was not the first time we had been lied to.
This is the opening paragraph on the subject from Wikipedia:
"The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States - Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, is a United States Department of Defense history of the United States' political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The papers were discovered and released by Daniel Ellsberg, and first brought to the attention of the public on the front page of The New York Times in 1971. A 1996 article in The New York Times said that the Pentagon Papers had demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration "systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress."
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)