The Ugly American

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - Fiction - 285 pages
First published in 1958, The Ugly American became a runaway national bestseller for its slashing exposť of American arrogance, incompetence, and corruption in Southeast Asia. Based on fact, the book's eye-opening stories and sketches drew a devastating picture of how the United States was losing the struggle with Communism in Asia. Combining gripping storytelling with an urgent call to action, the book prompted President Eisenhower to launch a study of our military aid program that led the way to much-needed reform. "Powerful and absorbing. . . . Should be required reading in Washington."—Kirkus Reviews "Not only important but consistently entertaining. . . . The attack on American policy in Asia this book makes is clothed in sharp characterizations, frequently humorous incident, and perceptive descriptions of the countries and people where the action occurs."-Robert Trumbull, former chief correspondent for the New York Times in China and Southeast Asia "Seldom has a deadly warning been more entertainingly or convincingly given."—Washington Star
 

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A connected collection of vignettes, all centered around the fictional Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan and the Americans stationed there by the US government. I honestly didn't think I'd enjoy this ... Read full review

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This book caused quite a diplomatic stir when it was published in 1958 and accused the American diplomatic community as being a bunch of ignorant , venal idiots who care more about living a luxurious ... Read full review

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Contents

Lucky Lucky Lou 1
11
Lucky Lucky Lou 2
33
Nine Friends
43
Everybody Loves Joe Bing
66
Confidential and Personal
74
Employment Opportunities Abroad
77
The Girl Who Got Recruited
83
The Ambassador and the Working Press
87
What Would You Do If You Were President?
144
How to Buy an American Junior Grade
155
The SixFoot Swami from Savannah
174
Captain Boning USN
191
The Ugly American
205
The Ugly American and the Ugly Sarkhanese
214
The Bent Backs of Chang Dong
232
Senator Sir
239

Everyone Has Ears
93
The Ragtime Kid
110
The Iron of War
115
The Lessons of War
132
The Sum of Tiny Things
264
A Factual Epilogue
271
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About the author (1999)

Eugene Burdick was a political scientist and author of The Ugly American, Fail-Safe, and other books.

William J. Lederer (1912-2009) was was a former U.S. Navy captain and the co-author of The Ugly American (with Eugene Burdick), The Mirages of Marriage (with Don D. Jackson), and other books.

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