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Daniel Grigoriev
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The Ugly American



The "Ugly American" of the book title refers to the book's hero, plain-looking engineer Homer Atkins, whose "calloused and grease-blackened hands always reminded him that he was an ugly man." Atkins, who lives with the local people, comes to understand their needs, and offers genuinely useful assistance with small-scale projects such as the development of a simple bicycle-powered water pump.[3]




The Ugly American


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They're the \"ugly Americans,\" those famously hapless tourists adrift in a foreign culture. But in this case, they were actually actors from the United States. For the first time, \"What Would You Do?\" took its actors and hidden cameras overseas. We wanted to test the legend of the ugly Americans to see just how ugly American tourists have to get before the French rise up and shout \"non!\"


In \"Innocents Abroad\" (1869) Mark Twain painted the ugly American as a naive, blundering fool. Novelist Edith Wharton once said, \"How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be 'American' before [or in contradistinction to] being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, and having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries?\"


No doubt about it: Our ugly Americans stood out among the well-dressed Parisians. French etiquette expert Heather Stimmler-Hall, who moved to Paris from Colorado 13 years ago, offered her expertise as our actors invaded the city she knows so well. She writes a blog, The Secrets of Paris, and gives American tourists a course on how to behave -- the dos and don'ts.


On his first trip overseas, Trump is displaying what a blithering and incompetent man-child he is, and in the process showing the world what a shallow, anti-intellectual and narrow-minded culture he comes from. Donald Trump is the quintessential Ugly American, and he was elected by an ugly America indeed. 041b061a72


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