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The author of the book: William J. Lederer
Edition: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc.
Date of issue: 1965
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This novel, written by the same authors who wrote "The Ugly American", is set in a fictional country in Southeast Asia called "Sarkhan". It was written several years after "The Ugly American", and I thought it was better than the earlier novel. The novel is dark, and traces a stable Southeast Asian nation as it descends into a Communist insurgency and is taken over by a Ho Chi Minh type insurgent who ironically takes over the country with the unwitting support of the United States. Although this novel is a bit predictable, especially if you read "The Ugly American", it is must reading for anyone who is interested in counterinsurgency politics and warfare. I would highly recommend this book for those interested in counterinsurgency, the history of US policy in Southeast Asia and those who like a good political thriller.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Julius Lederer, Jr. was an American author.
He was a US Naval Academy graduate in 1936. His first appointment was as the junior officer of a river gunboat on the Yangtze River.
His best selling work, 1958's The Ugly American, was one of several novels co-written with Eugene Burdick. Disillusioned with the style and substance of America's diplomatic efforts in Southeast Asia, Lederer and Burdick openly sought to demonstrate their belief that American officials and civilians could make a substantial difference in Southeast Asian politics if they were willing to learn local languages, follow local customs and employ regional military tactics. However, if American policy makers continued to ignore the logic behind these lessons, Southeast Asia would fall under Soviet or Chinese Communist influence.
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