The multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the phrase for tragic American blunders abroad.In the episode that lends the book its title, the "ugly American" is Homer Atkins, a plain and plain-spoken man, who has been sent by the U.S. government to advise the Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan on engineering projects. When Atkins finds badly misplaced priorities and bluntly challenges the entrenched interests, he lays bare a foreign policy gone dangerously wrong.

The Ugly American is a 1958 political novel by Eugene Burdock and William Lederer. The book depicts the failures of the US diplomatic corps, whose insensitivity to local language, culture, customs and refusal to integrate was in marked contrast to the polished abilities of Eastern Bloc, primarily Soviet diplomacy and led to Communist diplomatic success overseas.

First published in 1958, The Ugly American became a runaway national bestseller for it’s slashing exposé of American arrogance, incompetence, and corruption in Southeast Asia. In linked stories and vignettes, the book uses gripping storytelling to draw a devastating picture of how the United States was losing the struggle with Communism in Asia.

The book caused a sensation in diplomatic circles. John F. Kennedy was so impressed with the book that he sent a copy to each of his colleagues in the United States Senate. The book was one of the biggest bestsellers in the U.S., has been in print continuously since it appeared, and is one of the most politically influential novels in all of American literature.

Was the GOOD GUY in this book. The people of the SE Asian country in which the book is set LIKED him, because he was unpretentious and humble and truly helpful to them. 

The "Ugly American" of the book title refers to the book's hero, plain-looking engineer Homer Atkins, whose "calloused and grease-blackened hands always reminded him that he was an ugly man." Atkins, who lives with the local people, comes to understand their needs, and offers genuinely useful assistance with small-scale projects such as the development of a simple bicycle-powered water pump.

Another example, he found a way to convert abandoned Jeep engines into pumps to help irrigate their rice paddies. Only his face was 'ugly' to them. So when you hear somebody refer to a loudmouthed know-it-all tourist as an ‘  Ugly American’, you can be sure they haven't read the book!


Donald Trump administration (2017–present)

•  Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections 
•  2017–18 United States political sexual scandals  

•  “It may take a village to raise a child but one idiot in the White House can bring down a nation”

•  “When you surround your self with unqualified cabinet members and yes men you are paying back for donations and support, who are basically arssholes, how can you deny you created a Sh*tHouse”.

•  Are your friends more important than the 320 million people you swore to protect, and in some cases provide for?

•  And we have not touched upon the moral character of the Ugliest American, a whore-monger, womanizer, and in some case a little perverted.  ( Communal Showers, etc. information contributed by Russian Sex Therapists)  

•  Elected on promises and lies he can’t deny saying, he calls all of it “ Alternative created Fake News” the term created by KellyAnne Conway and adopted by Webster Dictionaries as the new definition of Bull-sh*t. 

•  Fake news is true, it’s all about a Fake president.  Two fakes make a right.  The press wins.   OK for those supporters who can’t tell good from bad...  If the accusation of fake news is true, OK.  But if the accusation of fake news is fake like Donald makes it up, then the fake President is fake. And two fakes make a right...  I give up, explaining idiot remarks is wearing me out.

  • Paul Manafort (R) 2016 Campaign Chairman and his business partner Rick Gates were indicted on charges of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money and making false statements, but have not yet been convicted.

  • Rick Gates (R) 2016 Deputy Campaign Chairman to Donald Trump (R) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators concerning his work lobbying with the Ukraine as well as tax and bank fraud(2018)

  • Foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos (R) (whose boss was Jeff Sessions) pleaded guilty October 5, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to making false statements to FBI agents relating to contacts he had with agents of the Russian government while working for the Trump campaign.

  • National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign on February 13, 2017, over conversations he had with Russian envoys about sanctions during the transition. On December 1, 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI as a plea bargain in exchange for cooperation against another Trump transition official who directed his alleged communications with the Russian government.

  • Dr. William C. Bradford resigned from the United States Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy amid reports that he had made racial slurs directed at Barack Obama on Disqus and Twitter. Bradford had claimed that some of the comments were the result of identity theft and not his.

  • Tom Price (R) Health and Human Services Secretary, was forced to resign on September 29, 2017, after it was discovered that he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private flights.

  • Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald (R) was forced to resign on January 31, 2018, after it was discovered that she bought tobacco stock, the leading cause of preventable death in the US, and creating a conflict of interest.

  • Taylor Weyeneth (R) Deputy CoS at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy resigned when it was revealed the 24 year old had no qualifications for the position and no related work history other than working on President Trump's campaign (2018).

  • David Sorensen (R), a White House speechwriter, resigned after his ex-wife Jessica Corbett came forward with abuse allegations.

  • Vivieca Wright Simpson, Chief of Staff to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin (I) resigned after an inspector general report charged that she altered an email to make it appear Shulkin was getting an award during a trip to Europe in order to gain approval to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Shulkin's wife to accompany him.

  • On January 12, 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in October 2016, shortly before the presidential election, as hush money to deny having had an affair with Trump in 2006.

  • White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (R) resigned from the position on February 7, 2018, following public allegations of spousal abuse from his two ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby.The allegations were supported by photographs of a black eye and a restraining order. 

  • The Washington Post reported that White House counsel Donald McGahn had known since January 2017 about the allegations Porter's ex-wives made to the FBI, and that Chief of Staff John F. Kelly had known about the allegations since October 2017, still promoting Porter after.Post reporter Aaron Blake wrote that this development made the allegations a “full-blown scandal". Kelly told reporters on March 2, 2018, that he sought Porter's resignation immediately after learning of the accusations on February 6 and regretted his handling of Porter's departure, statements that were at odds with earlier White House statements and congressional testimony by FBI Director, Christopher Wray.

  • On March 7, 2018, Tony Tooke, chief of the US Forest Service, resigned after a series of accusations sexual harassment and retaliation.

  • Legislative Branch - US Representative Timothy F. Murphy (R-PA), the married, anti-abortion congressman resigned just before an investigation could begin concerning his allegedly urging his mistress to seek an abortion. (2017)

  • Greg Gianforte (R-MT) pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management counseling and ordered to pay a fine. (2017)

  • Senator Al Franken (D-MN) US Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) Judge Alex Kozinski all resigned or retired following allegations of sexual misconduct from several women.