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 must read for ex-patriates of any flavor before moving overseas.
I've looked for other culture's interpretation of themselves and the closest I found was Bo Yang's "The Ugly Chinaman". A
fascinating text and one that helped me put perspective while living in Taipei.
I must note two things here.
First, Google Books doesn't apparently have ANY listing for this text.
Second, Bo Yang's birthday was one of the reason's why students gathered in Tinnamen Square.

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This great book is not just about the pollitiacal position of the US during the Vietnam War. It is about the determination of people and their willingness to help the greater good. it can be read by all ages and understanding but should used in a literary class if the reader is a youth.

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Lucky Lucky Lou 1
Lucky Lucky Lou 2
Nine Friends
Everybody Loves Joe Bing
Confidential and Personal
Employment Opportunities Abroad
The Girl Who Got Recruited
The Ambassador and the Working Press
What Would You Do If You Were President?
How to Buy an American Junior Grade
The SixFoot Swami from Savannah
Captain Boning USN
The Ugly American
The Ugly American and the Ugly Sarkhanese
The Bent Backs of Chang Dong
Senator Sir

Everyone Has Ears
The Ragtime Kid
The Iron of War
The Lessons of War
The Sum of Tiny Things
A Factual Epilogue

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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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