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Gift in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps (Library of Congress)

Works: 130 works in 134 publications in 1 language and 17,871 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Handbooks and manuals  Case studies  Anecdotes  Sources 
Classifications: HC60.5, 361.6
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Publications about Gift in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps (Library of Congress)
Publications by Gift in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps (Library of Congress)
Most widely held works by Gift in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps (Library of Congress)
When the world calls : the inside story of the Peace Corps and its first fifty years by Stanley Meisler( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,066 libraries worldwide
This work presents a history of the Peace Corp and exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the struggles volunteers faced abroad. Not an institutional history, the book is a look at the Peace Corps's first fifty years. On October 14, 1960, at an impromptu speech at the University of Michigan, John F. Kennedy presented an idea to a crowd of restless students for an organization that would rally American youth in service. Though the speech lasted barely three minutes, his germ of an idea morphed dramatically into Kennedy's most enduring legacy, the Peace Corps. From this offhand campaign remark, shaped speedily by President Kennedy's brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, in 1961, the organization ascended with remarkable excitement and publicity, attracting the attention of thousands of hopeful young Americans. The author unpacks the complicated history with sharp analysis and anecdotes, taking readers on a global trek starting with the historic first contingent of Volunteers to Ghana on August 30, 1961. The Peace Corps has served as an American emblem for world peace and friendship, yet few realize that it has sometimes tilted its agenda to meet the demands of the White House. Tracing its history through the past nine presidential administrations, the author discloses, for instance, how Lyndon Johnson became furious when Volunteers opposed his invasion of the Dominican Republic; he reveals how Richard Nixon literally tried to destroy the Peace Corps, and how Ronald Reagan endeavored to make it an instrument of foreign policy in Central America. But somehow the ethos of the Peace Corps endured, largely due to the perseverance of the 200,000 volunteers themselves, whose shared commitment to effect positive global change has been a constant in one of our most complex-and valued-institutions
Cultural frontiers of the Peace Corps by Robert B Textor( Book )
1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 950 libraries worldwide
The present work contains analyses of peace corps programs in selected host countries (the philippines, malaya, thailand, peru, bolivia, afghanistan, somalia, nigeria, tanganyika, sierra leone, tunisia, morocco, and jamaica) written by an authority on each country. Coverage of domestic operations of the peace corps is strictly limited to what is necessary to an understanding of its overseas activities and problems. Each writer is a social scientist or historian who has had an opportunity to observe volunteers in action in a host country. The unifying theme in all these studies lies in the differences separating the american culture of the volunteers from that of host populations, and in the mutual communication and cooperation that pass, or should pass, between them. The document includes a foreword by margaret mead, an index, appendixes on the organization of the peace corps and the in-up-out principle, and chapter references. It is available for $6.95 from the M.I.T. press, massachusetts institute of technology, cambridge, massachusetts 02142. 379 pages. (Ly)
All you need is love : the Peace Corps and the spirit of the 1960s by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 838 libraries worldwide
"The Peace Corps, conceived in the can-do spirit of the sixties, embodied America's long pursuit of moral leadership on a global scale. Traversing four decades and three continents, this story of the Peace Corps and the people and politics behind it is a fascinating look at American idealism at work amid the hard political realities of the second half of the twentieth century." "With vivid stories from returned volunteers of exotic places and daunting circumstances, this is an engrossing account of the successes and failures of this unique governmental organization, and of the geopolitics and personal convictions that underpin it. In the end, the question that is most compelling is whether the Peace Corps most helped the countries that received its volunteers, or whether its greater service was to America and its sense of national identity and mission."--Jacket
American taboo : a murder in the Peace Corps by Philip Weiss( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 833 libraries worldwide
Relates the events surrounding the 1975 murder of Peace Corps volunteer Deborah Gardner, describing her stabbing death at the hands of an obsessed fellow volunteer, the organization's efforts to cover up the case, and the killer's escape from justice
Away from home : letters to my family by Lillian Carter( Book )
1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 764 libraries worldwide
A collection of correspondence written by Lillian Carter, during her two-yearstay in India as a Peace Corps volunteer, to her daughter Gloria
The Konkans by Tony D'Souza( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 708 libraries worldwide
Francisco D'Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son-all the way back to the beginning of a long line of proud Konkans, the "Jews of India," who abandoned their Hindu traditions, knelt before Vasco da Gama's sword and Saint Francis Xavier's cross, and became Catholics. In Chicago circa 1973, Francisco's Konkan father, Lawrence, does his best to assimilate into American culture, drinking a lot and speaking little. But Francisco's American, Peace Corps-veteran mother, Denise, and his uncle Sam (aka Samuel Erasmus D'Sai) are passionate raconteurs set on preserving the family's Konkan heritage. Friends, allies, and eventually lovers, Sam and Denise feed Francisco's imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history. Like his acclaimed debutWhiteman and like the works of Monica Ali or Jhumpa Lahiri, Tony D'Souza's The Konkans is an absorbing portrait of assimilation filled with romance, comedy, masterly storytelling, and the truth of family life in any country
Nicaragua divided : La Prensa and the Chamorro legacy by Patricia Taylor Edmisten( Book )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 679 libraries worldwide
Nine hills to Nambonkaha : two years in the heart of an African village by Sarah Erdman( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 647 libraries worldwide
"When Sarah Erdman, a Peace Corps volunteer, arrived in Nambonkaha, she became the first Caucasian to venture there since the French colonialists. But even though she was thousands of miles away from the United States, completely on her own in this tiny village in the West African nation of Cote d'Ivoire, she did not feel like a stranger for long. As her narrative unfolds, Erdman draws us into the changing world of the village that became her home. Here is a place where electricity is expected but never arrives, where sorcerers still conjure magic, where the tok-tok sound of women grinding corn with pestles rings out in the mornings like church bells. Rare rains provoke bathing in the streets and the most coveted fashion trend is fabric with illustrations of Western cell phones. Yet Nambonkaha is also a place where AIDS threatens and poverty is constant, where women suffer the indignities of patriarchal customs, where children work like adults while still managing to dream"--Publisher's description
The insider's guide to the Peace Corps : what to know before you go by Dillon Banerjee( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 583 libraries worldwide
"A guide that tells potential Peace Corps volunteers what to expect, through first-hand advice from recent volunteers"--Provided by publisher
Chasing the sea : being a narrative of a journey through Uzbekistan, including descriptions of life therein, culminating with an arrival at the Aral Sea, the world's worst man-made ecological catastrophe, in one volume by Tom Bissell( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 564 libraries worldwide
"In 1960, the Aral Sea was the size of Lake Michigan: a huge body of water in the deserts of central Asia. By 1996, when Tom Bissell arrived in Uzbekistan as a naive Peace Corps volunteer, disastrous Soviet irrigation policies had shrunk the sea to a third its size. Bissell lasted only a few months before complications forced him to return home." "Five years later, Bissell convinces a magazine to send him to Central Asia to investigate the Aral Sea's destruction. There he joins forces with a high-spirited young Uzbek named Rustam, and together they make their often wild way through the ancient cities - Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara - of this fascinating but often misunderstood part of the world. Slipping more than once through the clutches of the Uzbek police, who suspect them of crimes ranging from Christian evangelism to heroin smuggling, the two young men develop an unlikely friendship as they journey to the shores of the devastated sea." "Along the way, Bissell provides a history of the Uzbeks, recounting their region's long, violent subjugation by despots such as Jenghiz Khan and Joseph Stalin. He conjures the people of Uzbekistan with depth and empathy, and he captures their contemporary struggles to cope with Islamist terrorism, the legacy of totalitarianism, and the profound environmental and human damage wrought by the sea's disappearance."--Jacket
At home in the world : the Peace Corps story ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 550 libraries worldwide
Keeping Kennedy's promise : the Peace Corps, unmet hope of the New Frontier by Kevin Lowther( Book )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 516 libraries worldwide
The barrios of Manta; a personal account of the Peace Corps in Ecuador by Rhoda Smith Brooks( Book )
1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 513 libraries worldwide
A mature young midwestern couple describe their training, experiences, and afterthoughts of two years of community development and teaching for the Peace Corps in a coastal fishing town of Ecuador
The edge of paradise : America in Micronesia by P. F Kluge( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 462 libraries worldwide
In 1967 the Peace Corps sent P. F. Kluge to paradise—or so the American possessions in Micronesia seemed. His assignment was as noble as it was adventurous: to help the people of those half-forgotten Pacific islands move from old to new, so that paradise would have prosperity and freedom as well as physical beauty. He immersed himself in the lives of the diverse peoples of the islands. He composed speeches for their leaders. He wrote a stirring manifesto that became the Preamble to the Constitution of Micronesia. He began a friendship with a man who would one day be president of Palau. And then, a generation later, P. F. Kluge went back.…   The result is a book the New Yorker called "remarkably effective," the Economist deemed "terrific"; a book Smithsonian Magazine found to be "written from the heart." The Edge of Paradise shows the impact and ironies of America's presence in an undeveloped part of the world, how perhaps there's no way "a big place can touch a little one without harming it."
Culture matters : the Peace Corps cross-cultural workbook by Craig Storti( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 416 libraries worldwide
"A practical, interactive workbook that guides the reader through the cross-cultural experience, the major concepts in the intercultural field, and presents exercises, stories, quotations, and descriptive text to help the reader in successfully adapting to a new culture. An excellent training resource." Organized into six sections: Understanding Culture, American Culture and American Diversity, Styles of Communication, Culture in the Workplace, Social Relationships, Adjusting to a New Culture
First comes love, then comes malaria : how a Peace Corps poster boy won my heart and a Third-World adventure changed my life by Eve Brown-Waite( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 411 libraries worldwide
In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him--literally-to the ends of the earth and finds love and purpose in the last place she expected
The Peace Corps experience : challenge and change, 1969-1976 by P. David Searles( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 382 libraries worldwide
"A former deputy director of the Peace Corps offers both a first-hand look at life in the agency - in the field and at headquarters - and a radical reinterpretation of its history during the Nixon and Ford administrations. By the end of the 1960s, the Peace Corps was in disarray. Debate raged over its effectiveness, and many new volunteers embraced the anti-establishment behavior of the day's youth. When President Nixon appointed Joseph Blatchford as director in 1969, some insiders felt the agency's days were numbered - especially when Blatchford set about re-evaluating the Peace Corps' mission and initiated a program called New Directions to reorient its work." "Many observers simply lump Blatchford's efforts with the failures and faults of the Nixon administration. David Searles, however, contends that the new director's initiatives revitalized the Peace Corps and made it more relevant. He relates the history of these policies and their implementation in the field, drawing on his experience as country director for the Peace Corps in the Philippines. He shows how, despite constant carping from veterans of the early Peace Corps and much furor at headquarters, New Directions re-energized the agency and renewed and reaffirmed the Peace Corps' mission."--Jacket
Going up country : travel essays by Peace Corps writers ( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 380 libraries worldwide
Going Up Country is the first anthology of travel essays by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. No one knows the back roads, the short roads, the right roads better than Peace Corps Volunteers. Here, in thirteen never-before-published essays, these authors recount their travel experiences in far corners of the world and on distant shores. These travelers' tales are filled with the spirit of adventure, with honesty, and with laughter. These authors are the descendants of Conrad, Twain, Orwell, Greene, and scores of others, expatriates and wanderers all, who have enriched our literature. In "Jumping into the Rainbow," Richard Wiley relays his experience on a weekend photo safari in Kenya, where he's able to astonish and surprise a group of lost Japanese tourists by both speaking their language and offering them much-needed directions. In "Piquing the Spirits," author Mary-Ann Tirone Smith agrees to take a film location scout up Mt. Cameroon but finds he is appalled at her selection of mountain guides - a fourteen-year-old boy who brings along his five-year-old sister - and their supplies - a tin of Danish ham and twelve cookies. And Bob Shacochis offers readers a survey of the best Caribbean beaches well off the tourist route in "Beauty and the Beach." These essays will get you up and packing for your next adventure or urge you to snuggle down deeper in a comfortable chair and keep reading
Green fires : assault on Eden : a novel of the Ecuadorian rainforest by Marnie Mueller( Book )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 376 libraries worldwide
For her honeymoon, a former Peace Corps volunteer takes her husband to Ecuador to revisit old haunts. They get caught up in the violent politics of the rainforest where a multinational company is exterminating Indian tribes
Peace Corps : the great adventure ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
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