Most prominently known for his release of the Pentagon Papers (a secret official study that revealed the lies and manipulations of successive U.S. administrations that misled the country into the Vietnam War), Mike Gravel is a former Democratic United States Senator from Alaska, who served two terms from 1969 to 1981, and a candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. He also served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963-66, and as Speaker from 1965-66.
In 1971, he waged a successful one-man filibuster for five months that forced the Nixon administration to cut a deal, effectively ending the draft in the United States.
He would later publish The Senator Gravel Edition, The Pentagon Papers. This publication resulted in litigation, Gravel v. U.S., resulting in a landmark Supreme Court decision relative to the Speech and Debate Clause of the United States Constitution.
Author of Jobs and More Jobs, Citizen Power, A Political Odyssey, and The King Makers, he lectures and writes about governance, foreign affairs, economics, Social Security, tax reform, energy, environmental issues and democracy.
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