When the World Calls

Paperback $19.00

Feb 07, 2012 | 288 Pages

Ebook $26.95

Feb 22, 2011

  • Paperback $19.00

    Feb 07, 2012 | 288 Pages

  • Ebook $26.95

    Feb 22, 2011

Praise

“The Peace Corps has always been poorly understood by Americans, and even its Volunteers rarely know much about the agency’s founding and development….[A]n instructive, thorough, and fascinating history.” —Peter Hessler, New Yorker staff writer, journalist, and author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

“In his new and engaging history…Meisler takes us through a concise and affectionate look at its birth, and its various political battles.” —Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times

“Meisler’s affection for the agency permeates every chapter. But he does not ignore criticisms and failures, making for a balanced, satisfying institutional history.” —Steve Weinberg, San Francisco Chronicle

“A thoughtful, balanced story of a program that captured the spirit of America. My Peace Corps service defined me and thousands of others who had the privilege of serving.” —Donna Shalala, president, University of Miami, and former secretary of health and human services

“Stanley Meisler delivers an enlightened and engaging narrative of President Kennedy’s ‘most enduring legacy’–the Peace Corps. With humor and a historian’s eye for telling detail, he carries us through this remarkable organization’s fifty years of history and leaves us convinced that 200,000 Volunteers really did make a difference in the world.” —David Lamb, long-time Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and author of Vietnam Now: A Reporter Returns

“Stanley Meisler is a gifted writer….This book is full of insights and great anecdotes. It is wonderful history, wonderfully told.”—James Mann, author-in-residence, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and author of Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet

 “This is a wonderful portrait of the Peace Corps, its tangled history, its people, and its mission. It is a timely reminder of how it is possible to bring hope and change to the world. Stanley Meisler—a distinguished foreign correspondent—is just the man to tell this story.”—Paul Theroux

Table Of Contents

Table of Contents…

Introduction
1 The Challenge from JFK
2 Sarge’s Peace Corps
3 The Pioneer Volunteers and the Postcard
4 The Battle of Britain
5 Friday, November 22, 1963
6 U.S. Troops Invade the Dominican Republic
7 Johnny Hood
8 The Specter of Vietnam
9 The Wrath of Richard Nixon
10 The Fall of the Lion of Judah
11 The Militant Sam Brown
12 Mayhem and Illness
13 The Rich Lady in Her First Job for Pay
14 200,000 Stories
15 A New Name and a New World
16 The Expansive Mood of the Clinton Years
17 The Quiet Bush Years
18 Diplomatic Troubles
19 Obama and the Future
Afterword Does the Peace Corps Do Any Good?
Acknowledgments
Appendix
A Note on Sources
Index

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