"The Ugly American" remains relevant, 60 years after it changed the way the United States saw itself in the world.
How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know.
Edward Lansdale’s most successful covert operations may have been crafting his own reputation.
It was hot and muggy as monsoon season crested in the summer of 1954.
America has no greater friend than Britain. Or had.
Coffee as the conduit for memories of a military career
The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.
Our propensity to see the world in terms of good and evil might be described as a shared, though ill-defined, moral conviction so strong that it blinds leaders to the complex motives, interests, and perspectives of other actors.
“Successful new innovators ask, ‘What must be true for this idea to succeed?’”
Until the majority of people in this country agree to close ranks when the nation goes to war, the memories of Vietnam will linger.
Thus far I’ve held off, because I didn’t want to get in the way of Charles Krohn’s reviews.
Despite striving for nuance, episode 9 favors those who opposed the war more than those who fought it.