Major General Edward Lansdale pioneered modern counterinsurgency techniques and played a key role in implementing U.S. geopolitical strategy during the Cold War. Here, historian and national security expert Max Boot reveals the secret of his success: Lansdale knew, like few other people, how to listen. Mastery of this simple but often-overlooked skill is critical to every leader professionally and personally.
Edward Lansdale is now all-but-forgotten — a state of affairs I hope to rectify by publishing a new biography of him. But at one time he was a legend.
Max Boot is a leading military historian and commentator and the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is completing The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Experience in Vietnam for Norton/Liveright.