The Road Not Taken by Max Boot

The Road Not Taken

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 ...

Details The Road Not Taken

TitleThe Road Not Taken
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherLiveright Publishing Corporation/W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Military, Military History, War, Politics

Reviews The Road Not Taken

  • 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 Natio...
  • 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 Qui...
  • 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 more 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 aft...
  • 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, ...
  • Dean
    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 and treasure. Note to present and futute practitioners from Lansdale can't bomb an idea into oblivion. Need a better competitive idea.
  • Michael Ting
    Engrossing and very much a page-turner.
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  • 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...