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By Edward G. Lansdale

Edward Geary Lansdale (1908-1987) really turned a legend in his personal time. His project to the Philippines within the early Nineteen Fifties as an Air strength officer and CIA agent led to the defeat of the communist-led Hukbalahap flow and the next election of Ramon Magsayay, arguably the preferred president that the folks of the Philippines have recognized.

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Letter, Mary McGrory to Edward G. Lansdale, 23 November 1965, Correspondence, Senior Liaison Office, United States Embassy, Box 54, LP, THIWRP. 12. " 13. Edward G. Lansdale, "Two Steps to Get Us Out of Vietnam," Look Magazine (4 March 1969), pp. 9298. 14. The Washington Post, 15 March 1972. 15. The New York Times, 9 April 1972. 16. The Washington Star, 26 March 1972. 17. The Christian Science Monitor, 6 April 1972. 18. The Washington Post 'Bookworld,' 19 March 1972. 19. Saturday Review, 1 April 1972.

The far more tangled political problems of the new republic and its leader, President Ngo Dinh Diem, were perhaps more than Ed's simple and straightforward approach could handle, especially as his influence was diluted by a massive American presence, with its cacophony of advice and influence upon the embattled Vietnamese leader. But Ed's account is important and useful, even in its depiction of this turmoil, as an analysis of some of the problems which later engulfed the small nation and its great ally.

These are principles for an American to try to live by wherever he goes, even two centuries later. Thus, I endeavored to practice my beliefs among embattled people abroad. I dedicate the book to all my loved ones, my family, and those who fought the good fight by my side. S. Military Advisory Group MAAG Military Assistance Advisory Group MIS Military Intelligence Service MNR Movement for National Revolution MSS Military Security Service NAMFREL National Movement for Free Elections OB Operation Brotherhood PCAC Presidential Complaints and Action Commission PNS Philippine News Service TRIM Training Relations Instruction Mission VNQDD Viet-Nam Quoc Dan Dang (Vietnamese Kuomintang) Page 1 Chapter One To Manila, 1950 Usually a man goes to war as he enters lifein an undignified manner.

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