The Silent Language Author:Edward T. Hall From the inside cover: — Though the United States has spent billions of dollars on foreign aid programs, it has captured neither the affection nor the esteem of the rest of the world. In many countries today Americans are cordially disliked; in others merely tolerated...Most of our behavior does not spring from malice but from ignorance, which is... more » as grievous a sin in international relations. It is time Americans learned how to communicate effectively with foreign nationals. Americans sent abroad to deal with other peoples should not only be taught to speak and read the language, but be thoroughly trained in the culture of the country. We don't need more missiles and H-bombs nearly so much as we need specific knowledge of ourselves as participants in a culture.