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The Ugly AmericanThough The Ugly American was ublished in 1958 it rose to 6 on the bestseller list in 1959 Set in the fictional country Sarkhan it is a fictional account of American foreign olicy in Southeast Asia and articularly in Vietnam The writing style is reminiscent of James Michener especially his early books such as Tales of the South Pacific I was surprised at what a Apoplexia, Toxic Shock, and Toilet Bowl Some Notes On Why I Write page turner it was and read it in just a few hoursIn the 1950s America had decided that the USSR was our greatest enemy that Communism was dedicated to the eradication of our way of life that foreign aid was the solution to successfully overcoming these threats to freedom and democracy America it would seem was born in revolt against aowerful enemy and so must always have one selected to keep us goingThe oint in The Ugly American is not that we should fail to fight against Communism but that we were going about it in all the wrong ways The authors claimed that incidents in the book were true with only the names changed According to their views we were losing the fight against Communism in Southeast Asia because our diplomats and foreign service workers were alienating the eoples of Vietnam Indonesia Burma Cambodia Laos and Thailand due to arrogance rudeness and the inappropriate appropriations of billions of dollars in those countriesAmbassadors and their administrative aides seldom knew anything about the countries where they served could not speak the languages and conseuently were woefully out of touch with the What the Wood Whispers To Itself peoples In contrast to the chapters exemplifying the above are others about honest hardworking well intentioned Americans who actually helped certain Asian villagers improve their lots by small effective measures such as showing them how to farm effectively or start small industriesThe book had a large impact in America and some say it led the way to the formation of the Peace Corps I was surprised to see a chapter The Lessons of War in which a US Army Major one of the good ones studied Mao Tse tung s writings on war and figured out why the Western armies cannot ever win against Asian guerillasAs I finished the book I wondered if it was still relevant today After all haven t we won in Asia because of Coca Cola Hollywood movies fashion the internet and all that I came across Mekong Network that featured a review of The Ugly American Bruce Sharpe founder of the site is an American who became involved with modern day issues in Southeast Asia after he began tutoring refugees from those countries in Chicago The last line of his review statesAnd yet America s foreignolicy is still haunted by the same mistakes The Cold War is long finished and communism discredited but it hardly matters Who needs an enemy like communism when you are already your own worst enemySo we still have a roblem with our image not only in the Middle East but also in Asia And yes The Ugly American is still relevant The Ugly American was ublished in 1958 as a call for change It was a blockbuster with millions of copies sold The authors wanted to alert the American Allerhand Fragliches people to the fact that their government s diplomatic efforts against communism were failing due to a combination of unualifiedeople being Yolanda's Genius put in the foreign service and a we know best approach to other nations There was an impact JFK did start the Peace Corps and did appoint ualifiedeople rather than big donors as ambassadors Long term not only have the lessons of this book been disregarded the entire State Department has been effectively dismissed in favor of military Fettan plays around the globeThe book as literature is laughable It should be read by anyone wondering what the words caricature and stereotype mean Written at an 8th grade levelerhaps deliberately in order to reach all Americans it is a collection of short stories about individual Americans blindly serving themselves in a foreign land in contrast to a few selfless Yankees doing the right thing among the natives Everyone will get the oint because it is driven home again and again Tying the whole together is a dedicated US Ambassador to a fictitious southeast Asian country called Sarkan and again Tying the whole together is a dedicated US Ambassador to a fictitious southeast Asian country called Sarkan travels the area honestly trying to educate himself on the situationTo ut it bluntly The Ugly American is an insult to the intelligence of the readerThat uts me in A Bind On Rating This bind on rating this It accomplished what it set out to do successfully reaching a huge number of Americans robably far than the authors had hoped to reach The cause was worthy so five stars are well deserved for The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans propagandaBut to the modern reader well I continually had to stifle a gag At the same time I realize that 1950 s America was an age of innocence and theortrayals in this book might well have resonated with readers at the timeIn keeping with the

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s outlook is without a doubt evil a creeping deceiving menace out to capture the innocents of the world in a net of absolute control While there is lenty in the book about the US supporting France there is nothing about the history of Vietnam being a French colony of France s intention to regain that colony after WW2 and the full cooperation of the US in that effort Nothing is said of Ho Chi Minh s admiration of the US and his initial attempts to gain US support in opposition to French re entryFar from being innocent easants cluelessly waiting for selfless American individuals to enlighten them on building water umps and raising chickens the Vietnamese were ainfully aware of how the West had dumped them as they strove for independence after the Japanese occupation of WW2 and how the real concern of non communists was to regain control to the oint of halting elections in South Vietnam out of fear of a communist win It was because of this hypocritical stand that America made itself ugly Even if everything this book s authors recommended had been done it would have been nothing to counterbalance America s betrayal of it s own ideals in Vietnam in favor of an ideological battle with communismA 1963 movie was made from this book starring Marlon Brando as the US Ambassador to Sarkan The movie is an effective believable tragedy and has one of the most owerful final scenes of any movie I ve seen Forget the book See the movie One theory is that the book is based on an actual US ambassador to South Vietnam Ellsworth Bunker a rich businessman He never learned the language or left the compound He s only given the information that his staff thinks he ought to have I was told that this is an American classic and that every soldier and diplomat going downrange to represent the US should read it Recently while reading another book about the French fight in Indochina and how we inherited Viet Nam from that effort I ran across the backstory on The Ugly American and decided it was time to get a copy Fifty six years after Times of Bede publication the book is still relevant The gist of this work appears in the chapter that shares the book s name The si. The multi million copy bestseller that coined thehrase for tragic American blunders abroadFirst ublished 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 Mple fact is Mr Ambassador that average Americans in their natural state if you will excuse the The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 phrase are the best ambassadors a country could have They are not suspicious they are eager to share their skills they are generous But something happens to most Americans when they go abroad Many of them are not average they are second raters Many of them against their own judgment feel that they must live up to their commissaries and big cars and cocktailarties But get an unaffected American sir and you have an asset And if you get one treasure him keep him out of the cocktail circuit away from bureaucrats and let him work in his own way The authors hammered this together back in 1958 with crises brewing in Viet Nam in Berlin and Cuba in the age where both we and the Communists were dividing up the world and wrestling with the revelation that we now had city killer weaponry when we were analyzing the lessons learned from Korea and watching our British and French allies empires crumble in Africa and Asia This book still holds a stark message If we are doing business in someone else s house we should send the best Americans we have even if we ve won the olitical fight to keep Khrushchev and Mao from eating up the Third World I would argue that even the chapters on Dien Bien Phu and Mao s blueprint for insurgency are worth a look even today because again the world hasn t gotten any simpler The common assessment still stands The Ugly American is an American classic and anyone representing America abroad should check it out If you ve ever heard the term ugly American used this is where it originated And if you want to understand why many folks from other countries refer to some Americans using that hrase this book will make it crystal clear why they do Excellent read 15 starsI m so glad this semester is almost over because my Political Science class has the worst reading curriculum This book was so drybland and the explanations were incredibly long winded I skimmed the last 70 ages for the urposes of writing my essay Never again I say never again I first encountered this book as Davids Sling part of an undergraduateolitical science class on American Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields politics Among other long and dry reading assignments I found myself thoroughly engaged in the book and looking forward to spending time reading Lederer and Burdick s work In fact I d have to say that it has been my favorite book since thatolitical science class almost 25 years agoI have read it at least 20 times in those 25 years often as a source for a Learner Strategies in Language Learning paper I was writing but also forleasure While this is not a typical beach read I have re read it while traveling and at the beach on several occasions This Dangerously Placed past week I was on a business trip and sleeping in a hotel room This combination of factors is usually good for a bout of insomnia on myart and this trip was no different Lederer and Burdick came to my rescue yet again and Just Destiny provided a thoroughly enjoyable way toass through several hours of insomniaThe storyies centers on a fictional country in Southeast Asia named Sarkhan The book s chapters compare and contrast the competence and incompetence on the Paradise Run part of the diplomatsoliticos military officers and ex ats in Sarkham Heroes include Ambassador Gilbert McWhite John Colvin and Homer Atkins THE ugly American all men who took the time to learn the culture in which they were being lantedIt is easy now with 2020 hindsight to see this book as a Help Me, Jacques Cousteau parable stemming from the Vietnam War However the book was written well before American stepped up its involvement in Vietnam in 1958 and wasurportedly read by President Eisenhower and responsible for many of the reforms that he introduced into America s foreign aid Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen programs The general thesis of the authors was that US diplomats and other foreign station workersadvisors who failed to study and adapt to the cultures they were entering were doomed to failure or worse Worse still the American bureaucracy wasn t interested in the opinions of the Foreign Service staff that did study and understand the cultures into which they werelacedGiven that this book was written at the tail end of the McCarthy era the insights of Lederer and Burdick are uite exceptional in fact some government agencies sought to ban the book in Asia and in many ways that failed effort can be seen as one of the last scenes of the McCarthy era Burdick and Lederer are at once tongue in cheek cynical and satirical in their views of American foreign The Book of Mordred policyEvery time that I read this book I can tut it down Despite its age it is still a fine read and certainly has additional significance in today s world as the US fights wars in Ira and Afghanistan Although some Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide parts of the book are antiuated including thearochial way the authors treat the few female characters in Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert particular the Marie MacIntosh character that small niggle can be forgiven in a book that retains its readability and relevance 50 years after it was firstublished The Ugly American is a story about Americans living and working in the fictional South East Asian nation of Sarkhan Written in 1958 it is a critiue of American foreign olicy specifically the work of embassies and expats abroad In this novel Lederer argues that the US is losing the tiny battles against the Soviet Union The US is too focused on dumping money into countries and building giant infrastructure rojects that US is too focused on dumping money into countries and building giant infrastructure rojects that countries aren t repared for and don t really need We Gods Callgirl pay for huge highways through jungles in Asian lands where there is no transport except bicycle and foot 282 Instead Lederer argues the US must focus on the tiny battles Americans abroad must learn the local language spend time in the countryside assess local needs and come up with small realistic solutions that help the every man Lederer makes this argument through his characters of which there are two basic types those that immerse themselves in luxury hire servants im Again and again while reading this book I found myself flipping to the copyrightage to check the ublication date 1958 How it is ossible that something so ressing and relevant possible that something so ressing and relevant contemporary America appeared over 50 years agoFrom 1958 to 2014 few things it seems have changedThe Ugly American is a tale of American foreign olicy gone wrong It s a series of vignettes about dumb and dumber statesmen who are ropped up in relative luxury overseas inadvertently causing massive harm to smaller and weaker countries Its fictional though based on real life characters can be neatly classified into two categories those who are idiots and those who are notAmong the idiots are Joe Bing a Renoir public relations man who manages to recruit all of the wrong type ofeople into duty overseas He waxed lyrical about the conditions one can expect a description that caused me to uncomfortably remember the 3 years I spent in Okinawa Japan when I was a kid Foreign affairs is a big business and it s important business You al. Icture of how the United States was losing the struggle with Communism in Asia Combining gripping storytelling with an urgent call to action the book Nebular Sammelband 5 - Galaxis in Panik prompted President Eisenhower to launch a study of our military aidrogram that led the way to much needed reformPowerful and absorbing Should be reuired reading in Washington Kirkus Reviews. ,

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L know that Now maybe I can tell you a few things about working abroad for Uncle Sammy that you won t read in the handouts After all even when you re doing big work and important work you still have to relax and I know you d like to know about the informal side of living and working abroadYou ll have to work among foreigners but we don t expect you to love em just because you work among em I don t care where you work for Uncle Sammy you ll be living with a gang of clean cut AmericansYou can buy the same food in Asia that you can in PeoriaWhen you live overseas it s still on the high American standard 79 80So how does this measure up to my experience as a 7 10 year old kid living on Kadena Air Force Base Unfortunately it s retty accurate I spent The Donegal Woman probably 90% of my time on the base interacting with clean cut American kids and attending an international all English speaking school I learned about a dozenhrases in Japanese that s it My family shopped at the PX and the BX and the Commissary The times we did venture off base usually on the weekends to go to the beach we considered the atmosphere exotic and treated each excursion like a vacation Now did living in Okinawa for 3 years change me as a Martha's Chickens and the Pirates person To some extent sure But it definitely wasn t the rich cultural immersion that it could have beenBack to the idiotsThe bulk of The Ugly American is set in the fictional Southeast Asian nation of Sarkhan a thinly veiled allusion to Vietnam The subject America s ineffective efforts to curb the spread of Russian Communism But if the idea of reading Cold Warropaganda makes you sick to your stomach don t worry It s less an indictment of Communism than it is of American stupidity The book will make you groan and guffaw and wonder how we even managed to become a country in the first The Necromancer, or The Tale of the Black Forest placeBut for each idiot the bookresents there is a well meaning hardworking and intelligent foil Homer Atkins aka the Ugly American after whom the book takes its name is an engineer fluent in Sarkhanese and determined to improve the lives of the Amstel Girl: Playing With Destiny people in the country through simple effective technology Atkins is indeed ugly in the conventional sense he doesn t dress well his hands areerpetually dirty and his manner of speaking is course rather than refined This ugliness sets him apart in a world where appearance is considered important than common sense Dammit said Homer Atkins to himself as he looked around the room at the fashionably dressed men The rinces of bureaucracy were the same all over the world They sat in their freshly ressed clothes ran their clean fingers over their smooth cheeks smiled knowingly at one another and asked engineers like Atkins silly uestions 205Atkins ugliness is a metaphor for many things including honesty A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi pragmatism sincerity and discernment The bureaucrats described in the abovearagraph are none of these things but are nevertheless bestowed with Hiam power than Atkins has I ve found myself in many situations where I feel I m the onlyerson in the room with anything genuine to say and I m sure I m not the only We Give a Squid a Wedgie (An Accidental Adventure, person who s experienced this Especially when you can just watch a Ted Talk anytime aseudo intellectual self congratulating Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes phenomenon that never fails to make me feel nauseatedWilliam J Lederer and Eugene Burdick were smart enough to write a book thatretty much anyone can understand In terms of Kropotkin: 'The Conquest of Bread' and Other Writings prose it s clear andrecise with few chances for misinterpretation This helps to explain no doubt why it became a huge bestseller in the late 50searly 60s and is still a linchpin in many Political Science classrooms today I dearly wish I had read this book in high school not only would it have helped me enormously with debate I could have started to cast off the mantle of the Western centric neoliberal and semi colonialist education that I received in the
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public school much much earlierThis book flies in the face of adages accepted as common knowledge eg You can t fight an ideology I ve heard that hrase used many times to explain America s defeat in Vietnam and our long winded sashay in the Middle East We can t fight those guys they fall rey to a dangerous ideology and after that they can t be rescued Incidentally in 1958 Lederer and Burdick Demonstrated That This Is A Flimsy Excuse that this is a flimsy excuse fictional Father Finnian again based on a real life ersona cunningly crafts an effective stratagem against Communism in BurmaAfter an exhaustive study of Communism including reading the 10 Soluciones Simples Para El Deficit de Atencion En Adultos prophecies of Lenin Stalin Engels and Marx and becoming fluent in the local language Father Finnian recruits 9 anti Communist Burmese to devise a way to demonstrate to everyone else that Communism is not in their best interests In the course of their conversations Finnian and the Burmese demonstrate why Communism is inherently anti Democratic the Communists have made all worship impossible except the worship of Stalin Lenin Mao In the areas the Communists control everyone must believe in one single thing CommunismI too am a Catholic but I do not reuire that all of us be Catholics What this means I think is that the thing we want is a country where any man can worship any god he wishes where he can live the way his heart says That I think is the final big thing 55This conversation however is ironic in the wider context of The Ugly American Americans who travel abroad and insist on replicating American lifestyles in vastly different circumstances who are convinced that traditional warfare will eventually surmount guerrilla tactics who assert that large constructionrojects are restigious and useful than small everyday technological improvements who interact only with other Americans and are incapable of detecting the disdain in which they are held by foreigners and further who do all of this in the name of DEMOCRACY Well frankly that s idiocracyActual rating 455 stars I read this book in 1982 just before I joined the Peace Corps The book was important to me because it solidified the idea that we are all walking a ath that is uniue and the that we are engrossed by our own The Tale of Pepper the Pony: Kingfisher Foldout path consumed by our own needs wishes and desires we will miss the beauty and uniueness of every othererson and every culture under the sun The book is timeless in that we could once again be called Ugly Americans or A Lion Among Men perhaps accurately Oblivious Americans or Arrogant Americans or Self Absorbed Americans We have changed inart due to the writing of The Ugly American and have improved some aspects of the way we approach the world as a nation and as individuals but we have also been content in our changes without recognizing how far we have yet to go I fear we are still like the Embassy workers who are content with the Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution parties and the good life and not enough like the soldier in the Philippines who changed the country not by compassion and goodwill but with a sincere desire for understanding and relationship that is the essence of what we were created to be. Not only important but consistently entertaining The attack on Americanolicy in Asia this book makes is clothed in sharp characterizations freuently humorous incident and Otis perceptive descriptions of the countries andeople where the action occurs Robert Trumbull former chief correspondent for the New York Times in China and Southeast Asi.