“Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War” by Steve Sheinkin is an amazing, historical fiction, book for students in grades 8 – 12. Students love this book, and they stay interested all the way through, which is a rarity in most classrooms. Sheinkin masterfully tells a story of Daniel Ellsberg and his transition from being an insider to a whistle blower, who is deeply troubled with patterns of government deception and lies. At the same time, there is another reality of American involvement in the Cold War and complicated international political dynamics that come along with it.
This text allows students to engage on a higher level thinking, develop their critical skills and ability to hold two opposing views in their mind, while understanding the pros and cons of each. There is no other book that engages all students all the while teaching world and the U.S. history at the same time, like “Most Dangerous” by Sheinkin.
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Love this book,
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.