Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam
Petraeus-Hertog Lecture on Leadership
Max Boot, General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus (moderator)
Tue, January 9th, 2018 | 6:30 pm
(Members $38)

Note: This event is sold out



Today, questions of U.S. geopolitical strategy make daily headlines—but what are the origins of modern foreign policy? In conjunction with the New-York Historical Society’s major exhibition The Vietnam War, leading experts discuss the legacy of one of the most successful military advisors of the 20th century, Edward Lansdale, and his visionary leadership during the Vietnam War, uncovering how the influential Air Force officer and CIA operative used his unmatched communication skills and inventive pioneering of counterinsurgency doctrine to sway the course of the Cold War.

Max Boot is Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus (moderator) commanded coalition forces during the Surges in both Iraq and Afghanistan and served as Director of the CIA. He is now a Partner in the global investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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