Episode 1101 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature one of the most remarkable players to come out of the never ending Vietnam saga. The vehicle for this examination of Edward G. Lansdale’s role in the saga will be a story in The New York Times titled: The War That Never Goes Away that was submitted by Fredrik Logevall is a professor of history and international affairs at Harvard and is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam.”
Logevall in the story is reviewing Max Boot’s new book, “The Road Not Taken,” that describes the career and opinions of Lansdale. Once the reader removes enough of the onion layers of Logevall’s piece it becomes clear America should be very thankful for citizens like Edward Lansdale.
He served his country quite well and produced highly valuable results throughout his career. He graduated from UCLA in 1931 and began a career in advertising and became quite proficient in the profession. When America entered World War II Lansdale who was already an officer in the reserves entered the US Army. Because of his experience in advertising was assigned to the propaganda arm of the service which later became the OSS. That gave him the opportunity to work as an intelligence officer under the notable “Wild Bill” Donovan. He was ideally suited for work because he possessed an unusual ability to relate to other people, he was imbued with a strong stereotypical American can-do optimism, he was impatient with bureaucracy and had a fascination with psychological warfare. It was here that he decided this type work would be his life’s work.
Listen to podcast 1101 and discover all the things Logevall had to say about Max Boots book about the exploits of Edward G. Lansdale, CIA operative extraordinaire.