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The Doomsday Machine:Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Daniel Ellsburg

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg's first memoir, Secrets (2002), was an account of his leak of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. But he has been harboring many more disclosures for the past 46 years, and in this gripping and unnerving 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal finalist, Ellsberg reveals that during his tenure as a high-clearance strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation, he also amassed a large cache of classified papers documenting the appalling truth about the U.S. government’s perilously inadequate control of nuclear weapons. Steven Spielberg’s new movie The Post, which opens on December 22nd, is about the Washington Post’s role in publishing the classified Pentagon Papers.