The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

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A biography of the CIA operative chronicles his rise and fall as a proponent of a visionary "hearts and minds" diplomacy in Vietnam who was ultimately overruled by the American military bureaucracy, which favored bombs and troop build-ups over winning the people's trust.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780871409416
Branch Call Number: 921 L295
Characteristics: l, 715 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

we mostly sought to destroy enemy forces. The enemy sought to gain control of the people.

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

..., it became necessary to destroy the town to save it.

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

In politics there is no room for sentiment.

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

Three Withs mantra: eat with, sleep with, and work with the people.

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

Saigon a veteran American diplomat noted, was a confused, chaotic political environment where yes often meant no and the best staff work in the world could become meaningless over night.

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

... keep the closest possible relations with the common people,...

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

... Diem's overthrow the worst mistake of the Vietnam War,...

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SEBoiko
Jul 28, 2018

..., one of Ngo Dinh Diem's greatest errors was to give some of his most efficient and highly regarded generals meaningless jobs.

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candlesticktroughs
Feb 14, 2019

this looks at first like a book which will tell the truth about what went on in america in the turbulent 60s. but it indulges in the cardinal sin of blaming the victim. it repeats the lie that the kennedys wanted to get castro, were ambitious and enraged to do so, and that their mania backfired on them, causing both their deaths. it is seeing the time through the lens of an intelligence officer. ///the truth of those times needs to be told. it is all very well to detail the rivalries of the military attaches with the spooks, except it is a waste of valuable reading time to write from that perspective. the author also engages in argumentum ad hominem to destroy the conspiracy perspective of history. the witness that saw Lansdale in Dealey Plaza is dismissed as a kook, through hearsay. of course he doesn't like Oliver Stone, either. the reason this type of historian dislikes the Stones of the world is they were/are correct, and this type of historian prevaricates instinctively, as all toadies do. what a shame, after all that reading, the book ends not with a bang, but with a whimper. Pity. R.I.P. PTHall; Sylvia Chase; Sylvia Meagher. Respect to all of us that have hung in there against the Bob Gibsons of the ruling class/publishing world. Long may we live, may we eventually triumph in the cause of historical truth. This book ain't it.

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jayanth0
Dec 28, 2018

Ohio State 2018 list: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/news/ohio-state-alumni-magazine/issues/summer-2018/10-books-to-add-to-your-summer-reading-list.html

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