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The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam, Max Boot

Label
The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam
Title
The road not taken
Title remainder
Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam
Statement of responsibility
Max Boot
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 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 never before-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" from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating American evacuation in 1975. Bringing a tragic complexity to this so-called "ugly American," this "engrossing biography" (Karl Marlantes) rescues Lansdale from historical ignominy and suggests that Vietnam could have been different had we only listened. With reverberations that continue to play out in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Road Not Taken is a biography of profound historical consequence"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Boot, Max
Dewey number
959.704/3373092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E840.5.L36
LC item number
B66 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lansdale, Edward Geary
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • Generals
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Lansdale, Edward Geary
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Armed Forces
  • Employees
  • Generals
  • Intelligence officers
  • United States
Label
The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam, Max Boot
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ad Man (1908/1945) -- Colonel Landslide (1945/1954) -- Nation Builder (1954/1956) -- Washington Warrior (1957/1963) -- Bastard Child (1964/1968) -- The Beaten Man (1968/1987)
Control code
988278087
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
l, 717 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780871409416
Lccn
2017047418
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99975167847
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)988278087
Label
The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam, Max Boot
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ad Man (1908/1945) -- Colonel Landslide (1945/1954) -- Nation Builder (1954/1956) -- Washington Warrior (1957/1963) -- Bastard Child (1964/1968) -- The Beaten Man (1968/1987)
Control code
988278087
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
l, 717 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780871409416
Lccn
2017047418
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99975167847
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)988278087

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