Daniel Ellsberg changed the course of American history, or so the filmmakers responsible for The Most Dangerous Man in America
would have us believe. The thing is, they make a rather compelling case. Tracing the brilliant young Pentagon analyst from his early days -- when he helped find evidence that would convince President Johnson to escalate troop levels in Vietnam -- to his eventual transformation into a selfless peace activist, the movie works as both a history lesson and a character study.
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg became arguably the most hated man in Richard Nixon's White House after leaking to The New York Times what became known as "T...