the Ugly American


The Ugly American is a 1958 political novel by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer which depicts the failures of the U.S. diplomatic corps in Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia.

Eugene Leonard Burdick was an American political scientist, novelist, and non-fiction writer, co-author of The Ugly American, Fail-Safe, and author of The 480.

William Julius Lederer, Jr. was an American author and naval officer.

The Ugly American (1963, George Englund) - Trailer by Sukhanito


The book caused a sensation in diplomatic circles, and had major political implications.

Ugly Americans - Magic moments by Laernas


The Peace Corps was established during the Kennedy administration partly as a result of the book.

The presidency of John F. Kennedy began on January 20, 1961, when he was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States, and ended on November 22, 1963, upon his assassination and death, a span of 1,036 days.

The Peace Corps is a volunteer program run by the United States government.


It was one of the biggest bestsellers in the country, has been in print continuously since it appeared and is one of the most politically influential novels in all of American literature.

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