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Author: Max Boot Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781501923951
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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, bestselling 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 blue-blood 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration, where he has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards.