- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393318672
- ISBN-13: 978-0393318678
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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According to the Wikipedia article, the book caused a sensation in diplomatic circles, and JFK sent copies to everyone in the Senate.
The book is a great read, in part because of the examples of ordinary Americans who actually did go overseas and make a difference, each helping in their unspectacular but quiet way, to make a geniune difference.
Having lived abroad for many, many years, it breaks my heart to say that the American government not only makes the exact same mistakes it was making in1958 (when this book was published), but that the situation is actually worse today than in the 1950s! Reading this book will hopefully provide relevant insight to the greater public as to how to turn around the US State Dept/ foreign service and regain our footing on the international stage. As it stands, our institutional arrogance and stupidity have made the US a laughingstock on the world stage.
I loved the book and hated the movie. The major parts of the book fall away under the star power of Marlon Brando who didn’t do a very good acting job.
The Ugly American is just as important now as it was decades ago. We continue to make the same diplomatic and cultural mistakes. How can we justify the invasion of the sovereign state of Iraq, destroy their country, vilify their religion and culture, then proudly proclaim that Operation Iraqi Freedom is over. Wonder what Lederer and Burdick would think of American world-wide policies today.