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Edward Lansdale: The Unquiet American
Edward Lansdale: The Unquiet American
By Cecil B. Curry
Houghton Mifflin, 1989, 448 pp

Edward Lansdale (1908-1987), nominally a career officer in the U.S. Air Force, was a legendary American authority on and practitioner of counterinsurgency, with close ties to the CIA. He started his career with the OSS during World War II, won a reputation as an adviser in the Philippines in the campaign against the Huk guerrillas in the early 1950s, and then went on to greater fame in Vietnam. Lansdale believed that he possessed a special empathy for Asians which he could teach to other Americans. This admiring but informative biography is an improvement on Lansdale's own sanitized autobiography, published in 1972.