Ugly American by William L LedererUgly American by William L Lederer

Ugly American

byWilliam L Lederer, Eugene Burdick

Paperback | January 5, 1999

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In the episode that lends the book its title, the "ugly American" is Homer Atkins, a plain and plain-spoken man, who has been sent by the U.S. government to advise the Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan on engineering projects. When Atkins finds badly misplaced priorities and bluntly challenges the entrenched interests, he lays bare a foreign policy gone dangerously wrong.

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. In linked stories and vignettes, the book uses gripping storytelling to draw a devastating picture of how the United States was losing the struggle with Communism in Asia.

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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Title:Ugly AmericanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.2 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:January 5, 1999Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393318672

ISBN - 13:9780393318678

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A very important bombshell. — New York Herald TribuneNot only important but consistently entertaining. — New York TimesSlashing.... Draw[s] the reader into a vital subject rarely treated by fiction. — Time[A] powerful and absorbing indictment.... Should be required reading in Washington and elsewhere. — Kirkus ReviewsTo make use of the truth, unbelievable truth... William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick wrote this devastating indictment of American policy [in Southeast Asia] as fiction. But any correspondent who has been any length of time in the locale of the story will recognize its veracity. — Robert Trumbull (New York Times Book Review)A delightfully readable book. — James A. MichenerBoth enlightening and absorbing reading, with humor and wit. — Boston HeraldA powerful, searching book. — Los Angeles Times