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The quiet American

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This edition of Graham Greene's prophetic novel about American involvement in the Vietnam War includes the complete text of the work, along with essays by Greene, extensive historical writings, and relevant literary criticism.
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A "masterful . . . brilliantly constructed novel" of love and chaos in 1950s Vietnam (Zadie Smith, The Guardian).

It's 1955 and British journalist Thomas Fowler has been in Vietnam for two years covering the insurgency against French colonial rule. But it's not just a political tangle that's kept him tethered to the country. There's also his lover, Phuong, a young Vietnamese woman who clings to Fowler for protection. Then comes Alden Pyle, an idealistic American working in service of the CIA. Devotedly, disastrously patriotic, he believes neither communism nor colonialism is what's best for Southeast Asia, but rather a "Third Force": American democracy by any means necessary. His ideas of conquest include Phuong, to whom he promises a sweet life in the states. But as Pyle's blind moral conviction wreaks havoc upon innocent lives, it's ultimately his romantic compulsions that will play a role in his own undoing.

Although criticized upon publication as anti-American, Graham Greene's "complex but compelling story of intrigue and counter-intrigue" would, in a few short years, prove prescient in its own condemnation of American interventionism (The New York Times).

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subject_facet Americans -- Indochina -- Fiction, Indochina -- Fiction, Indochina -- Politics and government -- 1945- -- Fiction, Indochinese War, 1946-1954 -- Fiction, Indochinese War, 1946-1954 -- Journalists -- Fiction, Large type books, Political fiction, Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction, Vietnam -- Fiction, Vietnam -- Politics and government -- 1945-1975 -- Fiction, War correspondents -- Fiction, War stories
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title_full The Quiet American, The quiet American / Graham Greene ; introduction by Robert Stone, The quiet American / Graham Greene ; text and criticism edited by John Clark Pratt, The quiet American Greene, Graham, 1904-1991., The quiet American [text (large print)] / Graham Greene
title_short The quiet American
topic_facet Americans, Classic Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Indochinese War, 1946-1954, Journalists, Large type books, Literature, Political fiction, Politics and government, Triangles (Interpersonal relations), War correspondents, War stories