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Title:
The ugly American
Author:
Lederer, William J., 1912-2009.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, 1999.
Physical Description:
285 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
Homer Atkins is sent by the U.S. government to handled engineering projects in the Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan, and when he challenges the entrenched interests over priorities, he finds himself embroiled in controversy. Lederer and Burdick's fictional diplomat laid bare allegations of American arrogance and corruption in 1950s Asia.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 7.5 16 Quiz: 17661 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780393318678
Format :
Book

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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.


Author Notes

Eugene Burdick was a political scientist and author of The Ugly American, Fail-Safe, and other books.

William J. Lederer (1912-2009) was was a former U.S. Navy captain and the co-author of The Ugly American (with Eugene Burdick), The Mirages of Marriage (with Don D. Jackson), and other books.