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The Quiet American (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
The Quiet American (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
by Graham Greene
Edition: Paperback
227 used & new from $0.01

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A prophetic Look at the U.S. in Indochina, April 16, 1998
On second reading 42 years after original publication, Graham Greene's short and masterful novel "The Quiet American" seems profound and prophetic. (To many of us it seemed arrogant, stereotyped and anti-American in 1956). Alden Pyle, the quiet American,has been said by Greene biographers to be in part a takeoff of U.S. CIA officer Colonel Edward Lansdale, the model for Colonel Hillandale in William Lederer's "The Ugly American," a favorable account of America in Asia written contemporaneous with Greene's novel. Today Alden Pyle could be seen as a character based on the Robert McNamara, Maxwell Taylor, Henry Cabot Lodge or Robert Komer of the 1960s. Greene's moral vision is as keen here as in any of his novels.


The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names
The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names
by Linda Wolfe Keister
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A find! Scholarship makes it better than other name books, April 16, 1998
This book is a find! Most name books read like the yellow pages but The Complete Guide to African-American Baby Names gives you a grounding in the name, its history, its African roots. There are lots of small "featurettes" on the background of some famous people and their names.Keister has done her research. A serious fun book!


The Quiet American (Critical Library, Viking)
The Quiet American (Critical Library, Viking)
by Graham Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.92
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A prophetic look at the U.S. in Indochina, March 24, 1998
On second reading 40-plus years after original publication, Graham Greene's short and masterful novel "The Quiet American" seems profound and prophetic. (To many of us it seemed arrogant, stereotyped and anti-American in 1957). Alden Pyle, the quiet American,has been said by Greene biographers to be a takeoff of Edwin Lansdale, the model for William Lederer's "The Ugly American," a favorable account of America in Asia written contemporaneous with Greene's novel. Today Alden Pyle could be seen as a character based on the Robert McNamara, Maxwell Taylor, Henry Cabot Lodge or Robert Komer of the 1960s. Greene's moral vision is as keen here as in any of his novels.


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