The Ugly American

4 April 2015
An analysis of the book by William R. Lederer and Eugene Burdick which discusses relationships between Americans and the Vietnamese native population.

This paper is based on “The Ugly American”, a book written in 1958. This paper demonstrates how America’s government officials ignored their mistakes in relations with the Vietnamese natives and made no attempt to correct them. The paper shows that furthermore, officials in Vietnam falsely reported that the Vietnamese natives thought they had a good relationship with America.
A reason why America may have lost this war is that representatives of our government did not fully understand the Vietnamese, their culture, way of living or history. Many Americans did not even know the country existed until the conflict began. We thought that because of the size and stature of our nation, we would always win in the end.

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