by Jason Nord, Illustrated by Reese Green
To Dare to Tell the Truth follows the life of Daniel Ellsberg, a government analyst who, when confronted by the growing horrors and immorality of the Vietnam conflict, decides to risk his own freedom to bring the truth to the American people. From the jungles of Vietnam, where Dan witnesses first-hand the brutality of modern warfare, to the streets of the United States, where the antiwar movement is challenging the authority of the American government, the story follows Dan on his personal journey from being a top secret military analyst to being a fervent anti-war activist. When Dan decides to help end the war by publishing 7,000 pages of top secret documents, his actions trigger one of the largest FBI manhunts in American history while forcing the American people to reconsider everything they thought was true about their government.
"To Dare to Tell the Truth does a wonderful job of making this important episode, and the acts of conscience behind it, accessible to children just when they are beginning to try to make sense of the larger world around them. A powerful learning resource." - Rick Goldsmith, co-producer/co-director, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009 Academy Award nominee) "To Dare to Tell the Truth will enable young readers (and their parents) to learn the history of a different sort of hero, one armed not with a gun but rather with the truth. In an age when the public increasingly relies on 'leakers' like Edward Snowden, this is a timely reminder of where it all began." - Marilyn B. Young, Professor of History, NYU