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

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

by Max Boot

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ISBN-13: 9780871409416
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 55,669
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Max Boot is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a columnist for the Washington Post, and a global affairs analyst for CNN. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.

Table of Contents

Maps xii

Dramatis Personae xv

Prologue: The Day of the Dead: Saigon, November 1-2, 1963 xxiii

Introduction: The Misunderstood Man xli

Part 1 Ad Man (1908-1945)

1 In Terrific Flux 3

2 Enfant Terrible 16

3 An Institution Run by Its Inmates 33

Part 2 Colonel Landslide (1945-1954)

4 The Time of His Life 47

5 In Love and War 65

6 The Knights Templar 87

7 "A Most Difficult and Delicate Problem" 104

8 "All-Out Force or All-Out Friendship" 118

9 The Power Broker 136

10 "A Real Vindication" 157

Part 3 Nation Builder (1954-1956)

11 La Guerre sans Fronts 171

12 A Fortress Falls 185

13 "I Am Ngo Dinh Diem" 196

14 The Chopstick Torture 214

15 Pacification 233

16 The Viper's Nest 254

17 "Stop Calling Me Papa!" 277

Part 4 Washington Warrior (1957-1963)

18 Heartbreak Hotel 301

19 Guerrilla Guru 311

20 A New War Begins 332

21 The Ambassador Who Never Was 347

22 "The X Factor" 363

23 "Worms of the World Unite" 376

24 "Washington at Its Nuttiest" 400

Part 5 Bastard Child (1964-1968)

25 "A Hell of a Mess" 419

26 "Concept for Victory" 433

27 Escalation 444

28 The Impossible Missions Force 457

29 Waging Peace in a Time of War 471

30 To Stay or to Go? 490

31 Waiting for the Second Coming 502

32 The Long Goodbye 515

Part 6 The Beaten Man (1968-1987)

33 The War at Home 533

34 A Defeat in Disguise 549

35 The Abandoned Ally 564

36 The Family Jewels 575

37 The End of the Road 586

Afterword: Lansdalism in the Twenty-First Century 599

Acknowledgments 607

Notes 611

Select Bibliography 661

Index 677

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The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
troutrivers More than 1 year ago
A must read to try to understand US involvement in SE Asia. The author separate myth an legends about the man from facts - but the facts still need to be known, considered and understood.