VIetnam War films: Platoon (1986) and Apocalypse Now (1979)

  Platoon – written and directed by Oliver Stone Apocalypse Now – directed by Francis Ford Coppola No organized human activity is uglier than war. In Southeast Asia, Americans were fighting for an abstract political concept while Vietnamese, Laotians and … Continue reading

Da 5 Bloods, film by Spike Lee

Here at the Ugly American Book Club, we shine a light on the behavior – and often the utter ignorance  – of Americans abroad with little experience or knowledge of Southeast Asia. In “Da 5 Bloods,” Spike Lee’s latest cultural/ … Continue reading

Facts about Fiction

The Ugly American William J. Lederer was a former Navy PIO and Admiralty adviser in Saigon. His coauthor Eugene Burdick, a political science professor at Berkeley, was also an ex-naval officer who served in Asia. They set out to write … Continue reading