The Ugly American - Study Guide Chapter 22, "A Factual Epilogue" Summary & Analysis

William J. Lederer
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Chapter 22, "A Factual Epilogue" Summary

In the authors' epilogue, they assert that the fictional characters and events of the story stand for actual characters and actual events that repeat themselves throughout the U.S. Foreign Service. James Reston, reporting in the New York Times in 1858 wrote, "fifty percent of the entire Foreign Service officer corps do not have speaking knowledge of any foreign language". The authors also point out the problem of millions of servicemen abroad who do not speak the language of the country they are stationed in. They cite the ease and effectiveness of planting spies in our embassies because we staff our embassies with locals: whereas the Russians staff all of their embassies with Russians. The ignorance and arrogance of American representatives in foreign countries aid the spread of communist influence.

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