Foreign Policy’s The E.R.: Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency

How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know.

In his latest book, “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam,” Boot follows the life of the legendary CIA operative who pioneered the “hearts and mind” strategy of the Vietnam War.

In many ways, Edward Lansdale can be considered the godfather of modern counterinsurgency. His ideas have in some respects fallen out of favor, but Boot provides one of the most sweeping authoritative, but also positive histories of Lansdale’s life and legacy.