Thursday, January 14, 2016

Paperback 919: The Ugly American / William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick (Crest d365)

Paperback 919: Crest d365 (12th ptg, 1963)

Title: The Ugly American
Authors: William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick
Cover artist: Uncredited

Estimated value: $8-10

Best things about this cover:
  • Aw, c'mon. Brando's not so bad to look at.
  • "My prosthetic chin, she should come out to ... here, I think."
  • Ooh, Screenplay by Stewart Stern! You sold me, book!

Best things about this back cover:
  • But it is a free country, so ... this is like saying "If Gravity Did Not Exist..." and then showing the book floating off into space.
  • I tend not to ignore slashing, Time Magazine, but thanks for the heads-up.
  • This book is devastating, blunt, forceful, persuasive, urgent, fascinating, powerful, searching, and slashing, but it's not frank, so fuck it.

Page 123~

A mysterious change seems to come over Americans when they go to a foreign land. They isolate themselves socially. They live pretentiously. They're loud and ostentatious. Perhaps they're frightened and defensive; or maybe they're not properly trained and make mistakes out of ignorance.

I'm just gonna leave that one there.


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