The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam -- 4 volumes

The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam -- 4 volumes

Boston: Beacon Press, 1971. Hardcover. "The Senator Gravel Edition." 4 volumes: maps, tables; 24 cm. Off-white cloth with black spine title and green-stamped pentagonal decoration on front cover. Beige dust jacket with black titles and a different portrait of Gravel on each back section. In June 1971 The New York Times and The Washington Post were fighting injunctions from the U.S. Justice Department in their attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers, the large group of government documents relating to the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg asked Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska to read some of the documents before the Senate in order to have them published in the Congressional Record. Gravel, who had actively opposed the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, agreed. When no Senate quorum was formed, he convened the Buildings and Grounds subcommittee, which he chaired, and read some of the documents on the basis that the war used funds that would otherwise be available for public buildings. This led to the inclusion of the Pentagon Papers in the Congressional Record of the subcommittee. Although various editions of the papers were published after the Supreme Court ruled against the Justice Department's opposition, the Senator Gravel Edition is considered the most complete. It was edited by Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. A heavy set; for international shipping, it will have to be sent by priority international. Books are in Fine Condition: clean and tight. Dust jackets are in Very Good Condition: spines and parts of the front sections are browned; minor chipping at several spine ends; 2-cm. closed tear from upper edge of front section of vol. 4. Fine / very good. Item #008165
ISBN: 0807005266

Price: $175.00