BEST AZW "✓ The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam" || UNLIMITED (MOBI) ✓ #2020


  • Title: The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
  • Author: Max Boot
  • ISBN: 9780871409416
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam By Max Boot In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.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 andIn chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively reframes our understanding of the Vietnam War.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.
    Max Boot
    American author, consultant, editorialist, lecturer, and military historian He self identifies as a conservative, once joking that I grew up in the 1980s, when conservatism was cool.Boot worked as a writer and editor for Christian Science Monitor and then for The Wall Street Journal in the 1990s He is now Jeane J Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations He has written for numerous publications such as The Weekly Standard, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has also authored well reviewed books of military history.

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

    Commentaires:

    Steven Z.
    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 settled by the Supreme Court In his latest book, THE ROAD NOT TAKEN EDWARD LANSDALE AND THE TRAGEDY OF VIETNAM, Max Boot, a Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations, rev [...]

    Hadrian
    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 Graham Greene, The Quiet American Edward Lansdale s reputation is largely the production of fiction By this, I mean such novels as Graham Greene s The Quiet American, or William Lederer s The Ugly American The m [...]

    Gavin
    I very much enjoyed this Edward Lansdale s life is a tale of what might have been in Vietnam The US off and on tries counter insurgency or COIN, but Lansdale showed what was possible.It s too bad that the establishment has to go its own way and won t listen to those who have another way.Kudos to Max Boot for this A lot of details and research here.The afterword where Max breaks down Lansdale s gift to us is the three L s 1 Learn2 Like3 ListenRead the book and this gift will make sense, plus the [...]

    Dоcтоr
    Splendid

    Randy
    Any member knows something about Ed Lansdale as he is thought by many to be the model for Graham Greene s Quiet American not true , Colonel Hillandale in The Ugly American probably true and even the inspiration for General Y in Oliver Stone s JFK This is a terrific biography which spends a lot of time connecting the dots and providing context for what has to be seen as an amazing life In the same way that one can ask, How might our country been different if Lincoln hadn t been shot just watched [...]

    David C Ward
    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 central role, and hearts and minds emphasized over big unit military ops Maybe but Lansdale was defeated not just by being a lone voice in the bureaucracy which stifled him but also by the forces on the ground The political instability after the coup against Diem the key turning point , the corrupt [...]

    Steve
    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 operations in South Vietnam for the South Vietnamese to fight against the North Vietnamese Army and was there when the South Vietnamese president Diem, who was a supporter of Lansdale was murdered This book [...]

    Dean
    Just 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 treasure Note to present and futute practitioners from Lansdale can t bomb an idea into oblivion Need a better competitive idea.

    Mike Glaser
    Well worth your time Do not be intimidated by the size of the book as it reads quick and keeps your interest An amazing tale about the man that inspired both the Quiet American and the Ugly American with lessons that are still applicable today.

    Michael Ting
    Engrossing and very much a page turner.

    Barry Fowler
    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 Zilla
    In wonderful biography and an interesting study on what to do and what not to do as a diplomat

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