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READ & DOWNLOAD The Ugly American ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 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 those 25 years often as a source for a paper I was writing but also for pleasure While this is not a typical beach read I have re read it while traveling and at the beach on several occasions This 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 my part and this trip was no different Lederer and Burdick came to my rescue yet again and provided a thoroughly enjoyable way to pass 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 part of the diplomats politicos military officers and ex pats 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 plantedIt is easy now with 2020 hindsight to see this book as a parable stemming from the Vietnam War However the book was written well before American stepped up its involvement in Vietnam in 1958 and was purportedly read by President Eisenhower and responsible for many of the reforms that he introduced into America s foreign aid 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 were placedGiven 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 policyEvery time that I read this book I can t put 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 parts of the book are antiuated including the parochial way the authors treat the few female characters in 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 first published Uncle Tom's Cabin; 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READ & DOWNLOAD The Ugly American ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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 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READ & DOWNLOAD The Ugly American ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF 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

  • Paperback
  • 288
  • The Ugly American
  • William J. Lederer
  • English
  • 02 May 2019
  • 9780393318678