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

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

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 In chronicling the adventurous life of legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale, The Road Not Taken definitively ...

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

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

  • Mike
    Apr 21, 2018
    I?m not a fan of Max Boot the commentator but I shouldn?t let that affect my view on his book. Giving it 4 Stars, maybe a little generous but it is worth your time to learn more about Lansdale and his impact on the Philippines and Vietnam. I was going to write more of a review but ...
  • Jud Barry
    Sep 26, 2018
    This is what might be called a situational biography of Edward Lansdale, an influential actor in American foreign policy -- primarily in the Philippines and Vietnam -- in the 1950's and the 1960's. "The road not taken" refers to Lansdale's favored policy path, which he referred to as "...
  • Jack
    Jul 17, 2018
    This book is a dense historical account of the life of Edward Langsdale, post WWII Operative in the Philippines and later in South Vietnam. It is a clear, compelling and interesting tale of a real spy in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. It bothered me that through the entire accoun...
  • Joyce
    Jul 07, 2018
    More Vietnam War-related reading. This time, a sprawling biography of CIA operative Edward Lansdale, a "creative and unpredictable maverick" and "expert in counterinsurgency." His career started in WWII but he gained fame afterward for his work in the Philippines, where he developed th...
  • Robert
    Jul 30, 2018
    Boot has written a sympathetic but not uncritical biography of a forgotten American Cold War warrior of a non- violent nature. If that sounds anomalous, it is because Edward Lansdale, a military man? an Army and Air Force officer and a CIA agent in the Philippines and Vietnam? was ...
  • Randy
    Feb 26, 2018
    Any Goodreads 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.? Thi...
  • Chris
    Jun 12, 2018
    Don?t let the page count influence you into not reading this book. It just flows and flows. It goes with the flow. Zen warrior motif. An absorbing account of an unusual man who was an atypical soldier. Robert Lansdale had lots of personal capital with Magsaysay and Diem. It was g...
  • Hadrian
    Jan 25, 2018
    For a reasonable negative review, read here: http://www.theamericanconservative.co... 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 o...
  • Tom Blumer
    Mar 08, 2018
    I found this book to be quite interesting and informative. I had no idea that Ed Lansdale actually existed and had the influence that he had. Although it wS not always followed, his strategy if implemented in Vietnam May have caused a different outcome. We will never know. Quite det...
  • Steve
    Feb 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. Lans...
  • Gavin
    Feb 27, 2018
    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 anot...
  • Bob H
    Jun 01, 2018
    This is, first off, a comprehensive biography of Edward Lansdale, his origins and upbringing, his career in advertising and as a US gov't operative and adviser, and his involvement with US counterinsurgency efforts in the mid-20th Century, first in the Philippines and later in Vietnam....
  • Steven Z.
    Jan 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 atmo...
  • Stuart Miller
    Jul 29, 2018
    A sympathetic but objective examination of the life and times of Edward Lansdale, the "T.E. Lawrence of Asia". Boot believes that Lansdale has been unfairly dismissed by journalists and historians as either naive or crazy in his approach to combating Communist insurgencies in the "thir...
  • Chad Manske
    Jul 31, 2018
    An exceptional and fresh look at Vietnam (and the Philippine) wars through the prism of Maj Gen (ret) Ed Landsdale?s life. I served at CFR with Max Boot while a military fellow, and though I am not always a fan of his commentary, he is undeniably a thorough, compelling and extremely ...
  • John Rose
    Mar 12, 2018
    Great book Great allot history lessons we should have learned and followed after Vietnam and would helped in Iraq and Afghanistan you wonder why are leaders don?t read more history ...
  • Joseph Fuller
    Mar 12, 2018
    The most complete biography of an iconic, if misunderstood figure most often (if incorrectly) identified with the Vietnam War. In some ways is a homage to A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan. John Paul Vann offered a somewhat better platform for discussing Vietnam, but Lansdale's care...
  • Lynn
    Jun 15, 2018
    To simply refer to Edward Lansdale as a legendary CIA operative does an incredible disservice to the man and his ideals. Max Boot covers his career from his early successes to his fall from the graces of the politicians and military leaders who were his superiors. It covers the ugly in...
  • Zach
    Mar 10, 2018
    Could not put this one down! Superb book and really opens your eyes to a different time when winning hearts and minds was how you were able to have an impact in conflict. ...
  • Warren Fretwell
    Apr 03, 2018
    SPOILER ALERT: I reveal a detail that probably won't spoil your reading of the book, but it does give a little something away. If you look at the photos in the book before you read it, you'll also discover the spoiler! "The Road..." reminds me of Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie...
  • Dean
    Jan 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 ...
  • Matthew Gleason
    Jul 24, 2018
    A phenomenal look at the life of an extraordinary American whose work in the Philippines and Vietnam must not be lost in the expansive writings on those regions. Max Boot expertly weaves his narrative of Lansdale?s career with the political machinations of the time, and delivers a th...
  • John ROSE
    Mar 06, 2018
    Great book ...
  • Mike Glaser
    Feb 26, 2018
    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. ...
  • Dоcтоr
    Feb 17, 2018
    Splendid! ...
  • David C Ward
    Jan 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...
  • Dawn
    Jun 11, 2018
    This history is not all about Edward Landsdale, nor is it all about what Americans refer to as the Vietnam War (but Vietnamese refer to as the American War). However, it gives a lot of information on events leading up to and power players making the fatal decisions which had so much to...
  • Steve
    Jul 21, 2018
    Long but very good. Hearts and minds, Civic action. Godfather of counterinsurgency. ...
  • Michael Ting
    Feb 14, 2018
    Engrossing and very much a page-turner. ...
  • Marks54
    Mar 30, 2018
    This is a clever and interesting book. I also understand what the author is trying to accomplish by structuring this biography around the ?what if? questions around how the Vietnam war might have developed had Landsdale been granted more influence. The policy questions around Lands...