The Ugly American

The Ugly American

by William J. Lederer, Eugene Burdick


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First published in 1958, The Ugly American became a runaway national bestseller for its slashing exposé 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393003055
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/1965
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Eugene Burdick's other books include Fail-Safe.

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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The Ugly American 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd heard a great deal about this book, so I finally picked it up. As a work, it was worth reading, but I wanted more in terms of character and time. I felt at quite a few points as if the story and or writing were being rushed; perhaps that was a stylistic maneuver, but it didn't work for me. If the story seems to be of interest, you might enjoy it, but don't set your expectations too high. The writing is there, but this is fairly forgettable nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on my parent's bookshelf as a kid but never read it. When I was preparing for an internship to Mexico as a college student it was required reading. It really opened my eyes to international relations and helps me see the mistakes we continue to make, not only as a government with our international policies and "aid," but also as tourists of the world. This is one of the few books I actually remember from my college days. My teenagers are now preparing to go abroad for the first time. Funding of their expeditions is contingent upon finishing this novel. I don't want them to be Ugly Americans. I really wish it was required reading for all our politicians, military and everyone that represents America abroad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For someone like myself who just totally hates reading books,this one really grabbed my interest. I didn't read this just because I had to for World history,well that's why I did.If I could just summarize my opinion in one word about this book it would be 'different'.