The debate surrounding Ellsberg's leaking of the Pentagon Papers has recently regained international attention as historical context for the debate over the decision of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, to leak hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables from . embassies around the world. Ellsberg is an active and outspoken supporter of Assange's efforts. Ellsberg also remains fiercely proud of his decision to leak the Pentagon Papers, which he says not only deligitimized the Vietnam War, but also helped usher in a new era of skepticism about war and government in general.
Four years later, on September 11, 2001, the “sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being” that the former national security adviser saw as a necessary precondition for launching a global campaign of American militarism was served up by the very forces that he and the CIA had promoted in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda, with its historic ties to US intelligence, claimed credit for the attacks on New York City and Washington, which were carried out by individuals who were able to move remarkably unhindered in and out of the US.
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, by Dorthe Nors
A story of Sonja, a recently single mid-forty-something translator of Scandinavian noir, who escapes her rural upbringing in West Jutland to live in the hubbub of Copenhagen. The book delves into humorous situations including where the protagonist learns to drive with Jyette, an aggressive instructor, who won’t let her change gears, acting as a stark metaphor for her life. It also explores her on-going battle with vertigo and her complex relationship with her sister, Kate, who finds every opportunity to cut short conversations. "Mirror, Shoulder, Signal" is funny, insightful and incredibly smart.
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, by Alexandra Fuller
A very honest, raw memoir, where Fuller retells the story of growing up in a white tenant farming family pre and post-Independent Zimbabwe. The book explores stark themes of civil war, imperialism, racism, the loss of siblings and dealing with her mother’s failing mental health. Although a tragic, and often uncomfortable portrayal, of this time in social history there are moments of laughter and gentleness throughout. An educational, emotional and interesting read.