The Ugly American

The Ugly American

Book - 1999 | 1st ed
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Reissued in new trade paperback format and design, "The Ugly American" is the multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the phrase for tragic American blunders abroad.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1999, c1986
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393318672 (pbk.)
9780393318678 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: Y LEDERER
Characteristics: 285 p. 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Burdick, Eugene

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FAIL-SAFE made a better film, starring Henry Fonda. This novel teaches quite a lot from the point of view of our diplomatic corp, of why we were stuck in that morass called Southeast Asia.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 24, 2014

If nothing else, Lederer and Burdick's "The Ugly American" was the rare book title that entered the lexicon. This book was something of a sensation when it was released in the Cold War atmosphere of the 50s and, as such, has to be read in context. Set in a fictional Southeast Asian country, it is critical of American foreign policy, especially the way it was combating communism in Asia. It is interesting (and a little depressing) as a look at Vietnam before we became involved militarily. Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" is a similar, if more cynical book. Turned into a film with Marlon Brando and followed by a sorta sequel called "The Deceptive American." Co-writer Burdick also wrote "Fail-Safe."

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