Labyrinth Books and the Princeton Public Library invite you to come hear the best-selling historian discuss his biography of Edward Lansdale (1908-1987), the man said to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s “The Quiet American.” The book demonstrates how Lansdale pioneered a “hearts and minds” 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. Boot rescues Lansdale from historical ignominy and suggests that the Vietnam War could have been different had we only listened.
A renowned military historian and Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Max Boot is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. The author of The Savage Wars of Peace and the New York Times best-selling Invisible Armies, he lives in New York.