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

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam Summary

Written By Max Boot

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The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam Book Summary

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (Biography)

A New York Times bestseller, this “epic and elegant” biography (Wall Street Journal) profoundly recasts our understanding of the Vietnam War.

Praised as a “superb scholarly achievement” (Foreign Policy), The Road Not Taken confirms Max Boot’s role as a “master chronicler” (Washington Times) of American military affairs. Through dozens of interviews and never-before-seen documents, Boot rescues Edward Lansdale (1908–1987) from historical ignominy to “restore a sense of proportion” to this “political Svengali, or ‘Lawrence of Asia’ ”(The New Yorker). Boot demonstrates how Lansdale, the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, pioneered a “hearts and minds” diplomacy, first in the Philippines and then in Vietnam. Bringing a tragic complexity to Lansdale and a nuanced analysis to his visionary foreign policy, Boot suggests Vietnam could have been different had we only listened.

With contemporary reverberations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, The Road Not Taken is a “judicious and absorbing” (New York Times Book Review) biography of lasting historical consequence.

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The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam is a Military book, written By Max Boot. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 24 Readers who strongly recommends this book.


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  • Thank you for writing

    5
    By Hughes Sullivan
    Hello Max, fascinating book that is well crafted. Most important this story and works of Ed Lansdale is disseminated widely. I had the great honor of meeting LTG. Samuel V Wilson, another Authentic American Hero-Patriot! Best regards, John Keogh

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  • Thank you for writing

    5
    By Hughes Sullivan
    Hello Max, fascinating book that is well crafted. Most important this story and works of Ed Lansdale is disseminated widely. I had the great honor of meeting LTG. Samuel V Wilson, another Authentic American Hero-Patriot! Best regards, John Keogh