The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam / Max Boot.
By: Boot, Max [author.].Material type: TextPublisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, Edition: First edition.Description: xxxix, 717 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780871409416; 0871409410.Subject(s): Lansdale, Edward Geary, 1908-1987 | United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography | United States. Air Force -- Officers -- Biography | United States. Army -- Biography | Lansdale, Edward Geary, 1908-1987 | United States. Air Force | United States. Central Intelligence Agency | Vietnam War (1961-1975) | Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography | Generals -- United States -- Biography | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States | United States -- Officials and employees -- Biography | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Military | HISTORY -- Military -- Vietnam War | Armed Forces -- Officers | Employees | Generals | Intelligence officers | United States | 1961-1975Genre/Form: Biographies. | Biography. | Biographies. | Biographies.DDC classification: 959.704/3373092
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ad man (1908/1945) -- Colonel Landslide (1945/1954) -- Nation builder (1954/1956) -- Washington warrior (1957/1963) -- Bastard child (1964/1968) -- The beaten man (1968/1987).
"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 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"-- Provided by publisher.