Symbolism — the road The road symbolizes the traveller has to make in life in order to progress and continue on. Robert frost consist of four stanzas with five lines each.
It belongs to a genre of books that takes a seemingly obscure hero and uses his story as a vehicle to capture a whole era Max Boot has written a fascinating account of how this California college humorist, frat boy and advertising executive evolved into a counterinsurgency expert before the term was even coined….
Max Boot has become one of the master chroniclers of American counterinsurgency efforts, and his biography of Mr. Lansdale is a tribute to a guy who recognized the threat of insurgency in a post-World War II environment where most American leaders saw only brute force as a solution to any political-military problem….
This book should be read in Baghdad and Kabul, not only by Americans, but by local leaders. Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam is a superb scholarly achievement.
This is a superb book. This book might work as a star vehicle for Tom Hanks or Matt Damon…. A useful addition to the literature on US foreign policy during the half century bracketed by the US occupation of the Philippines and the disastrous intervention in Iraq.
The Road Not Taken not only tells Edward Lansdale's story with novelistic verve but also situates it wonderfully in the context of his tumultuous experiences—and offers important lessons for the present day. The stories this volume tells about voluntary isolation and lack of knowledge, vision, or respect for anything outside U.
We are in his debt for writing a book about another time that challenges us to raise those questions in ours. Boot gives us a compelling look back on the Vietnam tragedy, showing that it was by no means the inevitable result of forces beyond the control of our political and military leaders.
He was forgotten by the time we moved into Afghanistan and Iraq. I fervently hope our policy makers read this book. Even with all I knew, I learned a great deal more that was new which broadened my understanding of this extraordinary man.
The very human way he helped the Filipino and Vietnamese people defend their inalienable rights is a shining model to be followed by current and future generations of Americans assigned abroad to assist fragile nations.
In an ideal world, it would be required reading for all senior American diplomats being posted to underdeveloped nations.
Having worked with Lansdale during an important period in his career, I particularly noted how Max Boot skillfully dissected his modus operandi. Controversial in some of its conclusions, perhaps, as Lansdale's arguments were in their day, and essential reading for students of military policy and the Vietnam conflict.George Montiero "THE ROAD NOT TAKEN" can be read against a literary and pictorial tradition that might be called "The Choice of the Two Paths, " reaching not only back to the Gospels and beyond them to the Greeks but to ancient English verse as well.
The Road Not Taken-Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as . “The Road Not Taken” was a solitary journey for a character to make a decision of a life path; familiar or unfamiliar.
“Used To Live Here Once” was a secluded journey of a life that had already taken place. “The Road Not Taken” is probably by far one of the most misunderstood pieces of American literature and Robert Frost’s most contradictory, yet most true to his own form of works.
Frost was a great author for turning his own literature on its’ head, so to speak, and he does it so well in, “The Road Not Taken”. Personification The line "Because it was grassy and wanted wear, in the third stanza It is an example of personification because the poet says that the road "wanted wear" while we all know that a road can not think and would not have any desire at all.
(The road not taken, Good fences make good neighbors and so on) I believe, if you read the poem, he chose a road that was equally worn however, one had grass and the other did not, one had.