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

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If the highest ranks of the U.S. Military and diplomatic corps had listened to, and took stock in, Major General Edward Lansdale, the outcome of the Vietnam War may have been quite different. As a young officer after the carnage of World War II, Major Edward Lansdale started his epic, and sometimes ignominious, career working with the Philippine Army to rebuild their intelligence services, learning the complicated ins-and-outs of psychological operations. His experience in the Philippines, combined with his fast-track rise through the ranks of the U.S. Air Force, led to his participation in every facet of the diplomatic, military, and civil aspects of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will host New York Times best-selling author Max Boot to discuss his recent biography, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. The presentation will explore how Lansdale used his experience in the Philippines to spearhead a “hearts and minds” approach to diplomacy in Vietnam.

Mr. Boot’s lecture and book utilize numerous new sources never before used by authors writing about the Vietnam War. He conducted and uncovered dozens of interviews, gained access to previously unknown documents, and even found long-lost love letters to bring together a new look at the dramatic rise and fall of Major General Edward Lansdale. The story casts a new light on the traditional tale of American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Mr. Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. A military historian and foreign policy analyst, he has been called one of “the world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Mr. Boot is a New York Times best-selling author, a contributing editor to numerous respected publications, and is extremely influential in the foreign policy decision making at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Mr. Boot holds a master’s degree in history from Yale University (1992) and a bachelor’s degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991).

DATE: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the talk begins at 7:15 PM. The question period concludes around 8:30 PM. PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Rooms

For more information and any last-minute changes in meeting times/places, please check the USAHEC website: or call the Information Desk: 717-245-3972.



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