“A very important bombshell.” (New York Herald Tribune)
“Not only important but consistently entertaining.” (New York Times)
“Slashing.... 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 Reviews)
“To 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. Michener)
“Both enlightening and absorbing reading, with humor and wit.” (Boston Herald)
“A powerful, searching book.” (Los Angeles Times)
From the Inside Flap
If This Were Not A Free Country, This Book Would Be Banned.
Authentic, infuriating, and explosively candid, this is the daring, classic bestseller that unmasked the blundering hypocrisy of some of our top-level diplomats. It exposes the opportunism, incompetence, and cynical deceit that have become imbedded in the fabric of our public relations, not only in Asia but all over the world.
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