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Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)
AuthorWilliam J. Lederer
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date12-Feb-65
Book DescriptionMany tens of thousands of copies of Sarkhan were in the bookstores on publication day. Suddenly it seemed to vanish. Mr. Lederer and the late Mr. Burdick were convinced that the book had been suppressed by agencies of the government, and certainly it contains much that might make such agencies unhappy. In a highly dramatic narrative, it tells of blundering by our intelligence community in Southeast Asia, of error and incompetence-as well as heroics by Americans who understood Asia. Today, brought back to life after twelve years in limbo, ironically retitled The Deceptive American, and given a new, explanatory introduction, it is still relevant. The prescience of its message has been proved by events.
About the AuthorWilliam J. Lederer, a writer and career naval officer who, with Eugene Burdick, wrote “The Ugly American,” a novel that was among the first books to deal with American involvement in Southeast Asia and that barely veiled a blistering critique of the nation’s foreign policy there, died on Dec. 5 in Baltimore. He had written several books, including two volumes of droll, though not entirely comic, somewhat fictionalized recollections of his Navy service — “All the Ship's at Sea” and “Ensign O’Toole and Me” — that in 1962 became the basis for a short-lived television series, “Ensign O’Toole,” starring Dean Jones.
Number of Pages324

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