The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot

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In this epic biography of Edward Lansdale (1908– 1987), the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, best-selling historian Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a “hearts and mind” diplomacy, first in the Philippines, then in Vietnam. It was a visionary policy that, as Boot reveals, was ultimately crushed by America’s giant military bureaucracy, steered by elitist generals and blueblood diplomats who favored troop build-ups and napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people. Through dozens of interviews and access to neverbefore-seen documents―including long-hidden love letters―Boot recasts this cautionary American story, tracing the bold rise and the crashing fall of the roguish “T. E. Lawrence of Asia” from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating American evacuation in 1975. Bringing a tragic complexity to this so-called “ugly American,” this “engrossing biography” (Karl Marlantes) rescues Lansdale from historical ignominy and suggests that Vietnam could have been different had we only listened. With reverberations that continue to play out in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Road Not Taken is a biography of profound historical consequence.

Title : The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
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ISBN : 0871409410
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 768 pages


Steven rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2018

The popularity of the new film, “The Post” has refocused the attention of many people on the PENTAGON PAPERS and the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg’s leak of the history of the war commissioned by then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to the New York Times created a crisis atmosphere that was s...

Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2018

Only a man could climb a ladder, and yet I couldn't think of it as a man like myself—it was as though an animal were moving in to kill, very quietly and certainly with the remorselessness of another kind of creation. The ladder shook and shook and I imagined I saw its eyes glaring upwards. -Graha...

Dоcтоr rated it ★★★★★

February 17, 2018


David rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2018

Quite good. A biography of the legendary counter insurgent Lansdale that is also a history and critique of American foreign policy. Could the war in Vietnam have ended differently if Lansdale had had a more central role, and hearts and minds emphasized over big unit military ops? Maybe but Lansda...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2018

A very interesting book. Someone I never heard of before and this book peaked my interest. I have read books on the Vietnam War and read such classics as Harold Moore's We Were Soldiers Once and Young. This book tells the story of a covert American operative named Edward Lansdale. Lansdale set up...

Dean rated it ★★★★☆

January 21, 2018

Just more confirmation of the tragedy of wasted blood and treasure in Vietnam. Lansdale another dissenting voice ignored about how to fight and win a counter insurgency. Think we still would have lost in Vietnam even if Lansdale had been listened and followed but lost a lot less blood and treasur...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

February 15, 2018

Engrossing and very much a page-turner.

Barry rated it ★★★★★

January 23, 2018

History at its best. Max Boot is a great writer of History. Thorough coverage of the subject and great documentation. B. Fowler, Combat Infantry Officer in Vietnam.

Pete rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

In wonderful biography and an interesting study on what to do and what not to do as a diplomat...

Larry rated it ★★★★★

January 27, 2018

Loved It! Learned a lot I didn't know.

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