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  • List: Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
  • Author: Steve Sheinkin
  • Award year: 2016
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

    Sheinkin's latest is a thrilling journalistic account of government insider Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers and exposed the questionable decisions that led to the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. This cinematic work simultaneously recounts a history of the Vietnam War, details the complete reversal of one man's loyalties, chronicles the downfall of a presidential administration, examines First Amendment rights, and explores honor and morality. A timely exploration of American history that crackles with tension and excitement.