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The Ugly American Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 17, "The Ugly American" Summary

William J. Lederer
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Chapter 17, "The Ugly American" Summary

Homer Atkins prides himself on his engineering skills and on the fact that he is worth three million dollars thanks to the work of his hands. Invited to Vietnam to validate the need for large engineering projects, he stands in a room with French, Vietnamese, and American officials who demand to know where to build sturdy roads and dams. Atkins has done thorough research in the countryside and he tells them that Vietnam does not need new roads and dams as much as it needs canning factories and brick and quarry companies. The French have a concession to handle the production of building materials, so they object to Atkins' advice. Atkins asks how many of the men in the room have been out in the countryside. None have. As proof that the officials are out of touch...

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