The Ugly American Questions and Answers
by William J. Lederer, Eugene Burdick

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How are characters used in the Ugly American. Are they used in unique ways? It seems like for every type of character there is an opposite.

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The "ugly American" symbolized the attitude of Americans who displayed their arrogance when working or living in other countries. These Americans didn't understand or respect the local culture of the people and didn't address the real needs of the people. The book was written to point out the failure of the U.S. to defeat Communism in Southeast Asia during the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union.

All of the character are used to reflect what was right or what was wrong with the U.S. strategy of stopping Communism in these countries. The American characters are shown to either be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. Ambassador Sears...

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