Graham Greene's classic exploration of love, innocence, and morality in Vietnam, with a new introduction by Zadie Smith.
"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused," Graham Greene's narrator Fowler remarks of Alden Pyle, the eponymous "Quiet American" of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. Pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by Washington on a mysterious mission to Saigon, where the French Army struggles against the Vietminh guerrillas.
Originally published in 1956 and twice adapted to film, The Quiet American remains a terrifying and prescient portrait of innocence at large.
"No serious writer of this century has more thoroughly invaded and shaped the public imagination than Graham Greene." —Time