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

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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
Title variation
Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam
Creator
Contributor
Author
Narrator
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
Cataloging source
RECBX
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1968-
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Boot, Max
Dewey number
959.704/3092
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
E840.5.L36
LC item number
B66 2018b
Literary text for sound recordings
  • biography
  • history
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Narrated by Henry Strozier
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Strozier, Henry
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  • Lansdale, Edward Geary
  • United States
  • United States
  • Books on compact disc, Unabridged
  • Intelligence officers
  • Generals
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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Label
The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam, Max Boot
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Publication
Copyright
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In container (17 cm.)
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The day of the dead: Saigon, November 1-2, 1963 -- Introduction: The misunderstood man -- Ad man (1908-1945). In terrific flux ; Enfant terrible ; An institution run by its inmates -- Colonel Landslide (1945-1954). The time of his life ; In love and war ; The knights templar ; "A most difficult and delicate problem" ; "All-out force or all-out friendship" ; The power broker ; "A real vindication" -- National builder (1954-1956). La guerre sans fronts ; A fortress falls ; "I am Ngo Dinh Diem" ; The chopstick torture ; Pacification ; The viper's nest ; "Stop calling me papa!" -- Washington warrior (1957-1963). Heartbreak hotel ; Guerrilla guru ; A new war begins ; The ambassador who never was ; "The X factor" ; "Worms of the world unite" ; "Washington at its nuttiest" -- Bastard child (1964-1968). "A hell of a mess" ; "Concept for victory" ; Escalation ; The impossible missions force ; Waging peace in a time of war ; To stay or to go? ; Waiting for the second coming ; The long goodbye -- The beaten man (1968-1987). The war at home ; A defeat in disguise ; The abandoned ally ; The family jewels ; The end of the road -- Afterword: Lansdalism in the twenty-first century
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
23 audio discs (27 hr., 30 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781501982262
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
C05097
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • on1017609451
  • (OCoLC)1017609451
  • 994581
System details
Compact discs
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam, Max Boot
Publication
Copyright
Note
In container (17 cm.)
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The day of the dead: Saigon, November 1-2, 1963 -- Introduction: The misunderstood man -- Ad man (1908-1945). In terrific flux ; Enfant terrible ; An institution run by its inmates -- Colonel Landslide (1945-1954). The time of his life ; In love and war ; The knights templar ; "A most difficult and delicate problem" ; "All-out force or all-out friendship" ; The power broker ; "A real vindication" -- National builder (1954-1956). La guerre sans fronts ; A fortress falls ; "I am Ngo Dinh Diem" ; The chopstick torture ; Pacification ; The viper's nest ; "Stop calling me papa!" -- Washington warrior (1957-1963). Heartbreak hotel ; Guerrilla guru ; A new war begins ; The ambassador who never was ; "The X factor" ; "Worms of the world unite" ; "Washington at its nuttiest" -- Bastard child (1964-1968). "A hell of a mess" ; "Concept for victory" ; Escalation ; The impossible missions force ; Waging peace in a time of war ; To stay or to go? ; Waiting for the second coming ; The long goodbye -- The beaten man (1968-1987). The war at home ; A defeat in disguise ; The abandoned ally ; The family jewels ; The end of the road -- Afterword: Lansdalism in the twenty-first century
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
  • 4 3/4 in.
  • 4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
23 audio discs (27 hr., 30 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781501982262
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
C05097
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • on1017609451
  • (OCoLC)1017609451
  • 994581
System details
Compact discs
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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