The Ugly American, lost in the weeds

The Ugly American


The phrase “The Ugly American” may have originated with¬†Constantino Arias’ photo of the same name, showing a 1950s Batista-era tourist in Havana, Cuba. But the term is best known for the¬†1958 fictionalized¬†political science novel by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer which graphically describes the failures of the U.S. diplomatic corps in Southeast Asia. In 1967…