The Ugly American

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Fawcett, 1958 - Fiction - 240 pages
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First published in 1958, The Ugly American became a runaway national bestseller for its slashing expose 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

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This is a collection of related vignettes of the ineptitude of American diplomats and other State Department employees in Asia in the 1950s when Soviet (and Chinese ) communism was an imminent threat ... Read full review

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This shows a clear picture of foreign policy. It could have left it on a depressing note, but left you with some thoughts on how it could be better, and so has a positive upswing at the end. For such ... Read full review

Contents

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHORS
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LUCKY LUCKY Lou 2
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EVERYBODY LOVES JOE BING
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About the author (1958)

William J. Lederer (1912-2009) was 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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