Originally Posted by engele
$3.99 isn't going to kill you for the convenience of being able to read it away from your internet
connection. If you really have made your money building boats that's great, but likely you've taken a loan, have a retirement
account, or own your own company. If you've ever sold a stake in your business you have also done the same things. What could you possibly gain from calling someone and "ugly American" or claiming to know what they are like without actually knowing them? Lighten up. What about working for a company and providing them a service
Read more carefully- I bought the book when it was first released, at which point it's price
on kindle was $9.99. While still cheap
for an actual book, it felt like a ripoff for a blog already free on the web turned in to a "book" with no original content.. The paperback price is still 18.95. Amazon.com: Bumfuzzle (9780615220338): Patrick Schulte: Books
Not that the price really matters, it's the principle of the thing. And for the record
I've never taken a loan of any sort for anything in my life. On the few occasions in my life when I was given stock I immediately cashed out. I could go on, but it's not like I think I'm a paragon of virtue and they are dirt, I just said they didn't seem like my kind of people and no more.
The term "ugly americans" has been used to describe a particular behavior of americans abroad for a very long time now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugly_American_(epithet
They struck me as fitting the bill-
The term was used as the title of a 1948 photograph of an American tourist in Havana by the Cuban photographer Constantino Arias (see infobox above)
, but seems to have entered popular culture as the title of a 1958 book
by authors William Lederer
and Eugene Burdick
. In 1963 the book was made into a movie
directed by George Englund
and starring Marlon Brando
The best-selling, loosely fictional account provided contrasting characters with different approaches to opposing Communist influence in Southeast Asia
, and the use of foreign aid
in particular. The majority of the Americans exhibit a range of blundering, corrupt, and incompetent behaviors, often concentrating on impractical projects that will serve more to benefit American contractors than the local population. A minority are effective because they employ knowledge of the local language and culture, but most of these are marginalized and some even considered suspect. As a result, their influence is more limited than it should be.
The title character, Homer Atkins, is introduced late in the book. He is "ugly" only in his physical appearance. His unattractive features, rough clothing
and dirty hands are contrasted with the bureaucrats' freshly pressed clothes, clean fingers and smooth cheeks. Their behaviors have the opposite contrast: Atkins cares about the people of southeast Asia
and wants to help them create practical solutions to their everyday problems; the bureaucrats want to build highways and dams that are not yet needed, and with no concern for the many other projects that will have to be completed before they can be used. 
The book led to a move by President Dwight Eisenhower
to study and reform American aid programs in the region.
In the book, a fictional Burmese
journalist wrote, "For some reason, the people I meet in my country are not the same as the ones I knew in the United States. A mysterious change seems to come over Americans when they go to a foreign land. They isolate themselves socially. They live pretentiously. They're loud and ostentatious. Perhaps they're frightened and defensive, or maybe they're not properly trained and make mistakes out of ignorance."
The idea of the ignorant or badly-behaving American traveler long predates this book. Mark Twain
wrote about The Innocents Abroad
in the nineteenth century, and Algonquin Round Table member Donald Ogden Stewart
wrote Mr and Mrs Haddock Abroad
And as I said before, I don't know them personally and could be totally wrong about that, I'm just going off what they have chosen to put in print, which makes them seem very much the "ugly american" to me. I've never read any travel log of any sort which struck me as so overwhelmingly negative about all of the people and places which they went to. The only time they seemd happy was when they found another McDonald's, no joy in sailing or nature or new cultures at all, at least that's how it came across to me. And believe me I'm not jealous; I've had plenty of miles under my own keel
, have a boat that dwarfs theirs and is dramatically better equipped, and my own beautiful happy well off family
. Wouldn't trade
with them for anything. When Someone states their opinion on a forum and you don't agree with it, you should probably stick to logical concise factual argument if an argument is what you want to have, not puerile juvenile attacks like "he's just jealous" or "lighten up". Sorry you guys don't like it (not really), but it's my opinion. Perhaps you should stick to just stating yours if that's the best you can do.