The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Our next Rialto Recommends is Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's compelling 2009 documentary THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS. This acclaimed documentary provides insight into the actions of Daniel Ellsberg, a leading American military strategist who leaked the Pentagon Papers, a massive top-secret document that pointed to government deception about the Vietnam War. The film looks at Ellsberg himself and at the repercussions of his surprising revelations, which led to a media circus and ultimately contributed to end of both the Vietnam conflict and the presidency of Richard Nixon. The Washington Post said of the film "It pulses with the suspense and momentum of a sleek thriller -- a wily caper flick that just happens to revolve around one of the most crucial chapters in recent American history." While the Boston Globe wrote "This is meaty, dramatic stuff - see this movie with your teenagers and watch their jaws hit the floor -- and the filmmakers cannily use President Nixon's secret tapes to bolster their case..." THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS is streaming on Kanopy and Curiosity Stream. As the Dallas Morning News said "For those who know the story, Most Dangerous Man puts it in fresh perspective. If you don't, there's probably not a better way to discover it."