The Road Not Taken by Max Boot audiobook

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

By Max Boot
Read by Henry Strozier

Recorded Books, Inc.
27.56 Hours Unabridged
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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 documentsincluding long-hidden love lettersBoot 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.

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A New York Times bestseller

Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

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 documentsincluding long-hidden love lettersBoot 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lansdale’s story is relevant today, because he was a key figure in the debate over how and how not to use military force to achieve American foreign policy aims…I fervently hope our policy makers read this book.” Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author
“A remarkable piece of work, superbly researched and documented.” Lieutenant General Samuel V. Wilson (US Army, Ret.)
“An impressive work, an epic and elegant biography based on voluminous archival sources…that takes a seemingly obscure hero and uses his story as a vehicle to capture a whole era.” Wall Street Journal
“Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, brings solid credentials to this enterprise.” New York Times Book Review
“Edward Lansdale is probably the greatest cold warrior that most Americans have never heard of…a counterinsurgency expert before the term was even coined.” Washington Times
“A probing, timely study of wrong turns in the American conduct of the Vietnam War.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Max Boot

Author Bio: Max Boot

Max Boot is an author, military historian, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. His previous books were widely acclaimed and include The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power; War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today; and Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present. He has been called “a master historian” by the New York Times and a “a penetrating writer and thinker” by the Wall Street Journal.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 27.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English