The Pentagon Papers

This Friday the hotly anticipated film The Post opens at area theaters. Set in 1971, the film tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, and the race to publish the Pentagon Papers, which exposed a massive government cover-up about the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War spanning three decades. Starring Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher, Katherine Graham,  and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, it was directed by Steven Spielberg. For some background on this historic period, check out some of the Library's resources.

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Documents the efforts of Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist Daniel Ellsberg to leak top secret government documents to the New York Times to inform the public of government actions concerning the war.

Personal history by Katharine Graham

The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.