Hannah Arendt and the Pentagon Papers08-13-2015
On a recent trip to the Hannah Arendt Collection at Bard College, we came across this particular section of Arendt's library:
Clearly discerned in the center of the image is a four-volume set of The Pentagon Papers, a collection of documents uncovered by Daniel Ellsberg that recounted how the United States government had, among other things, deliberately enlarged the scope of the Vietnam War. A complete archive of the Pentagon Papers is available online here.
A number of other books are also clearly visible, including Papers on the War, in which Ellsberg recounts the events surrounding his release of The Pentagon Papers to the American public; An American Dilemma, a book written by Gunnar Myrdal and Sissela Bok which exposes the contradiction of American democracy when set against racial discrimination in the 1940s; and Of Them Which Say They Are Jews, one of Horace M. Kallen's many essays on the Jewish struggle for survival in modern times.
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