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Stranger Than Fiction
Max Boot
The Road Not Taken

Daniel Weinberg interviews historian and author Max Boot about his newest memoir of Edward Lansdale The Road Not Taken.

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 book “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam” (Liveright, 2018). His three previous books were widely acclaimed: “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 the New York Times bestseller “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. For more information, see www.maxboot.net.

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
by Max Boot
Air Date/Time March 15, 3:30 Noon (Central)
1st ed., 768., hardcover

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...

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