25007 LEDERER,William J & BURDICK, Eugene:
THE UGLY AMERICAN. A Novel.
Victor Gollancz, London,1966.
Reprint. 8vo.pp.285. Very Good hardcover in Very Good price clipped dust wrapper.
Our aim is not to embarrass individuals, the authors declared in their introduction, but to stimulate thought and, we hope, action. One person it inspired was John F. Kennedy, who mailed a copy of The Ugly American to each of his Senate colleagues. The books epilogue argues for the creation of a small force of well-trained, well-chosen, hard-working and dedicated professionals fluent in the local language not unlike the Peace Corps, which Kennedy proposed in 1960.