William Lederer Papers, ca. 1930-198577 boxes (53 linear feet).
Lederer’s best selling work, The Ugly American (1958), was one of several novels co-written with Eugene Burdick. Disillusioned with the style and substance of America’s diplomatic efforts in Southeast Asia, Lederer and Burdick openly sought to demonstrate their belief that American officials and civilians could make a substantial difference in Southeast Asian politics if they were willing to learn local languages, follow local customs and employ regional military tactics.
The collection includes materials related to The Ugly American, I, Giorghos, Pink Jade, Sarkhan, The Anguished American, and Mirages of Marriage, as well as photographs and research materials on Southeast Asia.
- Southeast Asia--Economic conditions.
- Southeast Asia--Politics and government--1945-.
- United States--Foreign relations.
- United States--Politics and government--1945-.
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975.