With Spring Break for Tuck MBAs already under way, we decided it was time for another #TuckBookClub compilation. Featured this season is The Quiet American by Graham Greene and recommended by Communication Professor Paul Argenti.
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
I assigned this book as a pre-read for my Learning Expedition to Singapore and Vietnam. The book offers a glimpse into the very early days of US involvement in Vietnam. Seen as anti American by critics when it came out in 1955, it became a very popular book by the mid 60s because of how well it predicted what would happen in terms of US involvement in Vietnam. Readers have an opportunity to explore how US policy developed in Vietnam, to look at the context for the war, and to see the complexity of Vietnam culturally. MBA students on the 2014 Learning Expedition will visit many of the locations described in the book in particular the eclectic Cao Dai temple near Saigon, which makes the book even more relevant to our trip. - Professor Paul Argenti
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