Similar to what you did with your analysis of The Jungle, rather than writing a traditional analytical essay, you will identify essential elements of the book The Ugly American and respond to the following questions. Be sure to use specific examples from the book and to cite the chapters from which you pull your examples (to accommodate differing publication versions). Also, your paper must be in 12-point Times New Roman font and a minimum of 750 words (or about 10 solid paragraphs). You may choose the spacing.
Authors: Research the authors William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick. Briefly identify the background of each one and analyze whether or not you think they are reliable authors on the topic of American foreign policy during the Cold War. (10 points)
Historical Significance: Research the historical context of the United States in 1958, when this book was published. What were some recent events in American foreign affairs? What events came in the decade after this book’s publication? Be sure to cite your sources. (10 points)
Character Analysis: This book is very character driven and explores a spectrum of military and political leaders and civilians living in Southeast Asia. Select two characters in The Ugly American to compare and contrast. Identify the names of the characters, their nationalities, experiences overseas, career background, attitude towards the local population in Southeast Asia, and any other information you think is relevant to fully understanding these two characters and how they are similar and/or different. (40 points)
Modern Application: In what ways has US foreign policy changed since the publication of The Ugly American? Cite two specific actions or attitudes in the book, and compare/contrast them with two specific events or elements of US foreign policy since the year 2000. Be sure to cite your sources. (20 points)
Global Citizenship: Where do you fit into all of this? What role do you play in foreign relations? In international development? In understanding other cultures and political philosophies? Write a two-paragraph personal reflection on your role as a citizen of the globe. (20 points)
Include a bibliography/works cited list!