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


  • Author : Max Boot
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-01-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780871409430


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

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 “heart...

The Road Not Taken
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The Road Not Taken


  • Author : Max Boot
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019-03-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1631495623


The Road Not Taken Book Description :

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

The Road Not Taken
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The Road Not Taken


  • Author : Max Boot
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0871409410


The Road Not Taken Book Description :

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"...

Invisible Armies  An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present
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Invisible Armies An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present


  • Author : Max Boot
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2013-01-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780871403506


Invisible Armies An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present Book Description :

“Destined to be the classic account of what may be the oldest . . . hardest form of war.”—John Nagl, Wall Street Journal Invisible Armies presents an entirely original narrative of warfare, which demonstrates that, far from the exception, loosely organized partisan or guerrilla warfare has been the dominant form of military conflict throughout history. New York Times best-selling author and military historian Max Boot traces guerrilla warfare and terrorism from antiquity to the present, narrating nearly thirty centuries of unconventional military conflicts. Filled with dramatic analysis of strategy and tactics, as well as many memorable characters—from Italian nationalist Guiseppe Garibaldi to the “Quiet American,” Edward Lansdale—Invis...

The Corrosion of Conservatism  Why I Left the Right
Score: 3
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The Corrosion of Conservatism Why I Left the Right


  • Author : Max Boot
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-10-09
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781631495687


The Corrosion of Conservatism Why I Left the Right Book Description :

Warning that the Trump presidency presages America’s decline, the political commentator recounts his extraordinary journey from lifelong Republican to vehement Trump opponent. As nativism, xenophobia, vile racism, and assaults on the rule of law threaten the very fabric of our nation, The Corrosion of Conservatism presents an urgent defense of American democracy. Pronouncing Mexican immigrants to be “rapists,” Donald Trump announced his 2015 presidential bid, causing Max Boot to think he was watching a dystopian science-fiction movie. The respected conservative historian couldn’t fathom that the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan could endorse such an unqualified reality-TV star. Yet the Twilight Zone episode that Boot believed he was wa...

The Road Not Taken
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The Road Not Taken


  • Author : Max Boot
  • Publisher : Apollo
  • Release Date : 2019-02-11
  • Genre: Generals
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1788542681


The Road Not Taken Book Description :

In this biography of Edward Lansdale (1908-1987), the man said to be the model for Greene's The Quiet American, Max Boot demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a 'hearts and minds' 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 who favoured napalm bombs over winning the trust of the people. Through dozens of interviews and access to never-before-seen documents, Boot recasts this cautionary American story, tracing the bold rise and the crashing fall of Lansdale from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating American evaculation in 1975. Boot rescues Lansdale from historical ignominy and suggests that Vie...

Why Vietnam Matters

Why Vietnam Matters


  • Author : Rufus Phillips III
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Release Date : 2013-12-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612515625


Why Vietnam Matters Book Description :

In The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam described Rufus Phillips as a man one could trust telling President Kennedy during the Vietnam War about the failures of the Strategic Hamlet Program, 'in itself a remarkable moment in the American bureaucracy, a moment of intellectual honesty.' With that same honesty, Phillips gives an extraordinary inside history of the most critical years of American involvement in Vietnam, from 1954 to 1968, and explains why it still matters. Describing what went right and then wrong, he argues that the United States missed an opportunity to help the South Vietnamese develop a political cause as compelling as that of the Communists by following a big war strategy based on World War II perceptions. This led American ...

Edward Lansdale s Cold War

Edward Lansdale s Cold War


  • Author : Jonathan Nashel
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1558494529


Edward Lansdale s Cold War Book Description :

The man widely believed to have been the model for Alden Pyle in Graham Greene's The Quiet American, Edward G. Lansdale (1908-1987) was a Cold War celebrity. A former advertising executive turned undercover CIA agent, he was credited during the 1950s with almost single-handedly preventing a communist takeover of the Philippines and with helping to install Ngo Dinh Diem as president of the American-backed government of South Vietnam. Adding to his notoriety, during the Kennedy administration Lansdale was put in charge of Operation Mongoose, the covert plot to overthrow the government of Cuba's Fidel Castro by assassination or other means. In this book, Jonathan Nashel reexamines Lansdale's role as an agent of American Cold War foreign policy and takes...

Edward Lansdale  the Unquiet American

Edward Lansdale the Unquiet American


  • Author : Cecil B. Currey
  • Publisher : Potomac Books Incorporated
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Generals
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106019464640


Edward Lansdale the Unquiet American Book Description :

The Village Voice called the complex life of U.S. Air Force major general and CIA agent Edward G. Lansdale one of "Technicolor fascination". The maverick military thinker's brilliant counterinsurgency tactics preserved democracy in the Philippines, but his subsequent efforts to create "a broad-based, open society" in Vietnam failed following his return to the United States in 1956. Lansdale later led an undercover organization dedicated to bringing down Fidel Castro. This important biography of the legendary intelligence operative and master of political and psychological warfare is now available as a Brassey's Five-Star Paperback....