The Ugly American (PDF)


The Ugly American

Free read The Ugly American 100 The multi million copy bestseller that coined the phrase for tragic American blunders abroadFirst 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 p. 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

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Free read The Ugly American 100 Not only important but consistently entertaining The attack on American policy in Asia this book makes is clothed in sharp characterizations freuently 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 Asi. 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 policy 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 projects that host countries aren t prepared for and don t really need We 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 import cars and make no attempt to understand the culture they live in And those that live within their means work with and listen to locals and seek to understand the culture they live in It is not difficult to guess which prototype Lederer believes is better suited for US foreign policy and winning hearts and minds abroadThis book is enjoyable and effective and part of the reason for this is because it is remarkably simple But that is also one of its faults It doesn t try to assess the messy details There are only good and bad people in this book People that have good intentions and want to understand foreign cultures And people who are condescending to locals and could care less about the cultures they live in But what is often fascinating and common are the well meaning people who fuck up really bad The Ghosts of King Leopold humanitarians and the Neoconservatives who ended up creating cruelty despite their good intentions That s the fascinating stuffWhat s Lederer seems to present a false choice in describing these two types of people suggesting that a development worker can simply choose if they want to be an ugly American or a sympathetic one In reality it s challenging to adjust to and understand a foreign culture It s tough to be patient tough to change your own habits and to come around to different ways of thinking that are no perfect than your own It s not as simple as hiking out into the countryside picking up the language playing your harmonica making friends and smiling your way to producing an awesome new fog trapping irrigation system or some similarly incredible hippie invention In one of the stories a village even builds a shrine to commemorate one of the development workers This is a good book but scenes and simplifications like this are laughable And yet it is its simplicity that makes the book feel helpful even motivating It s practically a training pamphlet on community development It s soaked with Peace Corps type lessons without being preachy in tone As a current Peace Corps Volunteer reading this book felt like a helpful reminder of some of the things I believe in In my work here I put pressure on myself to start a big project that can last long after I ve left I call this urge statue building Or shrine building I want to build something big and memorable Something that people can point to and say Bart built that and it is awesome This is obviously the wrong approach Rather it is the tiny sum of things the tiny battles the relationships built the small incremental progress Going out and talking with people Allowing community members to lead Acting as a helper less as a commander Assessing needs acting in friendship This is how real successes are achieved Lederer makes that point strongly when he writes The little things we do must be moral acts and they must be done in the real interest of the peoples whose friendship we need not just in the interest of propaganda 267 For this reason the book felt relevant beyond its Cold War context It is a sort of working guide holy book for development work It s not ground breaking Far from it But its power is that it s a good reminder tiny battles cultural sensitivity assessing needs acting in a supportive rather than commanding role These are points that I wanted to be reminded of It s not hard for this stuff to hit home

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Free read The Ugly American 100 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 prompted President Eisenhower to launch a study of our military aid program that led the way to much needed reformPowerful and absorbing Should be reuired reading in Washington Kirkus Reviews. The Ugly American was published in 1958 as a call for change It was a blockbuster with millions of copies sold The authors wanted to alert the American people to the fact that their government s diplomatic efforts against communism were failing due to a combination of unualified people being 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 ualified people 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 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 level perhaps 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 point 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 who travels the area honestly trying to educate himself on the situationTo put it bluntly The Ugly American is an insult to the intelligence of the readerThat puts me in a bind on rating this work It accomplished what it set out to do successfully reaching a huge number of Americans probably far than the authors had hoped to reach The cause was worthy so five stars are well deserved for 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 the portrayals in this book might well have resonated with readers at the timeIn keeping with the 1950 s outlook communism 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 plenty 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 peasants cluelessly waiting for selfless American individuals to enlighten them on building water pumps and raising chickens the Vietnamese were painfully 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 point 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 powerful final scenes of any movie I ve seen Forget the book See the movie

  • Paperback
  • 288
  • The Ugly American
  • William J. Lederer
  • English
  • 14 October 2020
  • 9780393318678

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    characters The Ugly American The Ugly American (PDF) William J. Lederer ¸ 0 Summary I first encountered this book as part of an undergraduate political science class on American 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 that political science class almost 25 years agoI have read it at least 20 times in

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    characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¸ William J. Lederer The Ugly American (PDF) I read this book in 1982 just before I joined the Peace Corps The book was important to me because it solidified the idea t

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    characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¸ William J. Lederer William J. Lederer ¸ 0 Summary The Ugly American (PDF) 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

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    The Ugly American (PDF) William J. Lederer ¸ 0 Summary 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 pages for the purposes of writing my essay Never again I say never again

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    The Ugly American (PDF) Again and again while reading this book I found myself flipping to the copyright page to check the publication date 1958 How it is possible that something so pressing and relevant to contemporary America appeared over 50 years ago?From 1958 t

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    The Ugly American (PDF) characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¸ William J. Lederer characters The Ugly American The Ugly American was published in 1958 as a call for change It was a blockbuster with millions of copies sold The authors wanted to alert the American people to the fact that their government's diplomatic efforts against communism were failing due to a combination of unualified people being put in the foreign service and a we know best approach to other nations There was an impact JFK did start the Peace Co

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    characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¸ William J. Lederer William J. Lederer ¸ 0 Summary The Ugly American (PDF) If you've ever heard the term ugly American used this is where it originated And if you want to understand why many folks

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    The Ugly American (PDF) 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 policy—specifically the work of embassies

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    The Ugly American (PDF) William J. Lederer ¸ 0 Summary characters The Ugly American Though The Ugly American was published 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 policy in Southeast Asia and particularly 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 page turner it was and read it in just a few hoursIn the 1950s A

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    The Ugly American (PDF) 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 s

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