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By Eugene Burdick, William J. Lederer
The multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the word for tragic American mistakes abroad.
First released in 1958, The gruesome American turned a runaway nationwide bestseller for its slashing exposé of yank conceitedness, incompetence, and corruption in Southeast Asia. in keeping with truth, the book's eye-opening tales and sketches drew a devastating photo of ways the U.S. used to be wasting the fight with Communism in Asia. Combining gripping storytelling with an pressing name to motion, the ebook caused President Eisenhower to release a research of our army relief software that led find out how to much-needed reform. "Powerful and soaking up. . . . could be required interpreting in Washington."—Kirkus Reviews "Not purely vital yet continuously exciting. . . . The assault on American coverage in Asia this e-book makes is clothed in sharp characterizations, usually funny incident, and perceptive descriptions of the international locations and other people the place the motion occurs."-Robert Trumbull, former leader correspondent for the New York Times in China and Southeast Asia "Seldom has a perilous caution been extra entertainingly or convincingly given."—Washington Star
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Nor is it just the Hegelian dialectic as such: Cixous includes ‘History’, and by implication therefore Marxism as well. This cannot simply be dismissed as another New Right invocation of the Gulag, for Cixous is arguing something much more speciﬁc: that Marxism, insofar as it inherits the system of the Hegelian dialectic, is also implicated in the link between the structures of knowledge and the forms of oppression of the last two hundred years: a phenomenon that has become known as Eurocentrism.
At ﬁrst sight, the connection was not altogether implausible: both had origins in resistance organizations formed during the Second World War, in Europe and the colonies. However, while anti-Nazi resistance in Europe could be deﬁned as an organic movement, organizations such as the Red Brigades were certainly not the organic product of their communities, and remained isolated sectarian organizations. In the colonies, by contrast, wartime resistance movements were already anti-colonial struggles, developing initially in China, India, Indochina and Malaya.
Anthropology has always provided the clearest symptomatic instance, as was foreseen by Rousseau from the outset. History, with a capital H, similarly cannot tolerate otherness or leave it outside its economy of inclusion. The appropriation of the other as a form of knowledge within a totalizing system can thus be set alongside the history (if not the project) of European imperialism, and the constitution of the other as ‘other’ alongside racism and sexism. The reaction against this structure has produced forms of politics that do not ﬁt into traditional political categories.
The Ugly American by Eugene Burdick, William J. Lederer