Compare and Contrast
Topics for Further Study
What Do I Read Next?
Bibliography and Further Reading
Ferrer, Hugh. “Notes on the Connecticut Yankee.” Iowa Review 36, no. 2 (2006): 168-175. Makes connections between Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) and Lederer and Burdick’s The Ugly American regarding American imperialism and styles of writing.
Hellmann, John. “Vietnam as Symbolic Landscape: The Ugly American and the New Frontier.” Peace and Change 9, nos. 2/3 (Summer, 1983): 40-54. An insightful analysis that discusses not only the novel’s reception and ramifications in American politics and writings but also the authors’ literary techniques and ideology.
Trumbull, Robert. “The Ambassador Who Didn’t Read Sarkhanese.” The New York Times Book Review, October 5, 1958. A contemporary description and evaluation of the novel.
Walls, Jim. “A Damning Indictment of Americans Abroad.” San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 1958. A review of the plot and implications of the book.
Wilkinson, Rupert. “Connections with Toughness: The Novels of Eugene Burdick.” Journal of American Studies 11 (1977): 223-239. Discusses Burdick’s novels, including The Ugly American, providing a context for the novel and a foundation for understanding Burdick’s contribution to it.