He was a quiet American
I don't normally use my rants to recommend novels. This is mainly because I am highly doubtful that anyone would actually go to the trouble to go and read a whole book based entirely on my small recommendation. But guess what! The Quiet American, a novel of which I am rather fond, has been made into a fine film with Michael Caine and Brendon Fraser. I am confident that at least some of you might take my advice and give it a watch, because the only effort required of you is sitting on your ass and keeping your eyes open for an hour and a half. And if you do enjoy the film, read the book! It's swell.