The Quiet American

The Quiet American
Author : Ross Maxwell Walker
Publisher : Insight Publications
Total Pages : 63
Release : 2003
ISBN 10 : 9781920693336
ISBN 13 : 1920693335
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet American Book Description:

The Quiet American

The Quiet American
Author : Graham Greene
Publisher : Penguin
Total Pages : 208
Release : 2004-08-31
ISBN 10 : 9780143039020
ISBN 13 : 0143039024
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet American Book Description:

Graham Greene's classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused," Graham Greene's narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous "Quiet American" of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas. As young Pyle's well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, Fowler, a seasoned and cynical British reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. But Fowler's motives for intervening are suspect, both to the police and himself, for Pyle has stolen Fowler's beautiful Vietnamese mistress. Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifiying and prescient portrait of innocence at large. This Graham Greene Centennial Edition includes a new introductory essay by Robert Stone. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Quiet American

The Quiet American
Author : Graham Greene
Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
Total Pages :
Release : 101-01-01
ISBN 10 :
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet American Book Description:

I have asked permission to dedicate this book to you not only in memory of the hagpy evenings I have spent with you in Saigon over the last five years, but also because I have quite shamelessly borrowed the location of your flat to house one of iny characters, and your name, Phuong, for the convenience of readers because it is simple, beautiful and easy to pronounce, which is not true of all your couiftry- women’s names. You will both realise I have borrowed little else, certainly not the characters of anyone in Viet Nam. Pyle, Granger, Fowler, Vigot, Joe— these have had no originals in the life of Saigon or Hanoi, and General The is dead : shot in the back, so thfcy say. Even the historical events have been rearranged. For example, the big bomb near the Continental preceded and did not follow the bicycle bombs. I have no scruples about such small changes. This is a story and not a piece of history, and I hope that as a story about a few imaginary characters it will pass for both of you one hot Saigon evening.

The Quiet Americans

The Quiet Americans
Author : Scott Anderson
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
Total Pages : 576
Release : 2021-02-18
ISBN 10 : 9781529042504
ISBN 13 : 152904250X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet Americans Book Description:

‘A darkly entertaining tale about American espionage, set in an era when Washington’s fear and skepticism about the agency resembles our climate today.’ New York Times At the end of World War II, the United States dominated the world militarily, economically, and in moral standing – seen as the victor over tyranny and a champion of freedom. But it was clear – to some – that the Soviet Union was already executing a plan to expand and foment revolution around the world. The American government’s strategy in response relied on the secret efforts of a newly-formed CIA. The Quiet Americans chronicles the exploits of four spies – Michael Burke, a charming former football star fallen on hard times, Frank Wisner, the scion of a wealthy Southern family, Peter Sichel, a sophisticated German Jew who escaped the Nazis, and Edward Lansdale, a brilliant ad executive. The four ran covert operations across the globe, trying to outwit the ruthless KGB in Berlin, parachuting commandos into Eastern Europe, plotting coups, and directing wars against Communist insurgents in Asia. But time and again their efforts went awry, thwarted by a combination of stupidity and ideological rigidity at the highest levels of the government – and more profoundly, the decision to abandon American ideals. By the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union had a stranglehold on Eastern Europe, the US had begun its disastrous intervention in Vietnam, and America, the beacon of democracy, was overthrowing democratically elected governments and earning the hatred of much of the world. All of this culminated in an act of betrayal and cowardice that would lock the Cold War into place for decades to come. Anderson brings to the telling of this story all the narrative brio, deep research, sceptical eye, and lively prose that made Lawrence in Arabia a major international bestseller. The intertwined lives of these men began in a common purpose of defending freedom, but the ravages of the Cold War led them to different fates. Two would quit the CIA in despair, stricken by the moral compromises they had to make; one became the archetype of the duplicitous and destructive American spy; and one would be so heartbroken he would take his own life. Scott Anderson’s The Quiet Americans is the story of these four men. It is also the story of how the United States, at the very pinnacle of its power, managed to permanently damage its moral standing in the world.

The quiet contemporary American novel

The quiet contemporary American novel
Author : Rachel Sykes
Publisher : Manchester University Press
Total Pages : 240
Release : 2017-12-01
ISBN 10 : 9781526108890
ISBN 13 : 1526108895
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The quiet contemporary American novel Book Description:

This book explores the concept of ‘quiet’ – an aesthetic of narrative driven by reflective principles – and argues for the term’s application to the study of contemporary American fiction. In doing so, it makes two critical interventions. Firstly, it maps the neglected history of quiet fictions, arguing that from Hester Prynne to Clarissa Dalloway, from Bartleby to William Stoner, the Western tradition is filled with quiet characters. Secondly, it asks what it means for a novel to be quiet and how we might read for quiet in an American literary tradition that critics so often describe as noisy. Examining recent works by Marilynne Robinson, Teju Cole and Ben Lerner, among others, the book argues that quiet can be a multi-faceted state of existence, one that is communicative and expressive in as many ways as noise but filled with potential for radical discourse by its marginalisation as a mode of expression.

Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine
Author :
Publisher :
Total Pages : 164
Release : 2003-02
ISBN 10 :
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Los Angeles Magazine Book Description:

Los Angeles magazine is a regional magazine of national stature. Our combination of award-winning feature writing, investigative reporting, service journalism, and design covers the people, lifestyle, culture, entertainment, fashion, art and architecture, and news that define Southern California. Started in the spring of 1961, Los Angeles magazine has been addressing the needs and interests of our region for 48 years. The magazine continues to be the definitive resource for an affluent population that is intensely interested in a lifestyle that is uniquely Southern Californian.

The Vietnam Experience

The Vietnam Experience
Author : Kevin Hillstrom
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages : 322
Release : 1998
ISBN 10 : 0313301832
ISBN 13 : 9780313301834
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Vietnam Experience Book Description:

Offers forty-three essays on popular expressions of diverse aspects of the Vietnam War, including women war correspondents, atrocities, desertion, and the Kent State shootings.

American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization

American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization
Author : William V. Spanos
Publisher : SUNY Press
Total Pages : 321
Release : 2008-01-24
ISBN 10 : 0791472906
ISBN 13 : 9780791472903
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization Book Description:

Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.

America s Miracle Man in Vietnam

America   s Miracle Man in Vietnam
Author : Seth Jacobs
Publisher : Duke University Press
Total Pages : 392
Release : 2005-01-06
ISBN 10 : 9780822386087
ISBN 13 : 0822386089
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

America s Miracle Man in Vietnam Book Description:

America’s Miracle Man in Vietnam rethinks the motivations behind one of the most ruinous foreign-policy decisions of the postwar era: America’s commitment to preserve an independent South Vietnam under the premiership of Ngo Dinh Diem. The so-called Diem experiment is usually ascribed to U.S. anticommunism and an absence of other candidates for South Vietnam’s highest office. Challenging those explanations, Seth Jacobs utilizes religion and race as categories of analysis to argue that the alliance with Diem cannot be understood apart from America’s mid-century religious revival and policymakers’ perceptions of Asians. Jacobs contends that Diem’s Catholicism and the extent to which he violated American notions of “Oriental” passivity and moral laxity made him a more attractive ally to Washington than many non-Christian South Vietnamese with greater administrative experience and popular support. A diplomatic and cultural history, America’s Miracle Man in Vietnam draws on government archives, presidential libraries, private papers, novels, newspapers, magazines, movies, and television and radio broadcasts. Jacobs shows in detail how, in the 1950s, U.S. policymakers conceived of Cold War anticommunism as a crusade in which Americans needed to combine with fellow Judeo-Christians against an adversary dangerous as much for its atheism as for its military might. He describes how racist assumptions that Asians were culturally unready for democratic self-government predisposed Americans to excuse Diem’s dictatorship as necessary in “the Orient.” By focusing attention on the role of American religious and racial ideologies, Jacobs makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the disastrous commitment of the United States to “sink or swim with Ngo Dinh Diem.”

The Quiet American and the Ugly American

The Quiet American and the Ugly American
Author : Clive J. Christie
Publisher :
Total Pages : 70
Release : 1989
ISBN 10 : UOM:39015022197175
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet American and the Ugly American Book Description:

The conflict in Indochina and Vietnam in the 1950s had an ideological dimension that made its politics a matter of importance as well as a subject of fascination. An awareness of the communist threat dominated French literature on the Franco-Vietminh war, and this concern with the perils of communism undoubtedly had racial overtones, thereby combining the new ideological fear of communism with the more traditional European concern with the Asian 'Yellow Peril'. It was through this concern over the spread of communism in Asia that Indochina became a front-line in the Cold War, and consequently attracted the attention of American writers and polemicists. The Cold War dimension of the Indochina conflict was a central aspect of The Ugly American, and dominated the other polemical works of Lederer and Burdick and the very important memoirs of Dr. Thomas Dooley. All these novels and memoirs were immensely popular and widely-read in the West at the time, and helped shape public consciousness about the problems of Vietnam and Asia.--Foreword.