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==About Chuck Ludlam==
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*[http://amzn.to/2byk478 Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle] - At the age of 48, Moritz Thomsen sold his pig farm and joined the Peace Corps. This is his story.
* Twice served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Nepal (1968-70; Ag Extension) and with Paula in Senegal (2005-07; Agro-Forestry Extension).
 
  
* Co-founder of Friends of Nepal and member of the Board of Directors, National Peace Corps Association.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bgl5jl The Reluctant Volunteer: My Unforgettable Journey With the Peace Corps in Brazil] - Peggy and her husband, Tim, enter Peace Corps training three weeks after their marriage. Once in Brazil, the outlook for the marriage and their Peace Corps service is grim until...
  
* Advisor to the Obama/Biden Transition Team for the Peace Corps.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bymkLR Three Hundred Cups of Tea and The Toughest Job: Riding the Peace Corps Rollercoaster in Mali, West Africa] - When David and Asifa said yes to serving with the Peace Corps in Mali, little did they know they were stepping onto a rollercoaster that would test their endurance, their creativity and patience...
  
* In June 2008, after a five-year effort, secured enactment of Section 110 of H.R. 6081 (P.L. 110-245), which provides tax relief to Peace Corps Volunteers and staff on the sale of a personal residence, the first provision of the Dodd/Kennedy Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act(S. 732) (PCVEA) to be enacted into law.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bAiZAs Diary of the Ouagadougou Doc: A Peace Corps Experience] - The book is a collection of excerpts from a diary written while serving as a Peace Corps Physician with the United States Peace Corps in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso).
  
* In July 2006, published the Peace Corps Medical Clearance Guidelines, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, on PeaceCorpsOnLine together with an explanation of the guidelines and detailed reform proposals. These proposed reforms were included in the Dodd/Kennedy PCVEA and largely incorporated in the March 2008 Final Program Evaluation Report: Peace Corps’ Medical Clearance System (IG-08-08-E) of the Peace Corps Inspector General. Thus, much of this Dodd/Kennedy PCVEA provision is now being implemented.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bAiia4 A Couple in the Corps: A Peace Corps Journey From A Couple's Perspective] - A Couple in the Corps will leave you with a living description of how incredibly rewarding Peace Corps service can be.
  
* In November 2005, persuaded the Office of Personnel Management to issue regulations eliminating the double payment of health insurance premiums by Federal government retirees who serve as Volunteers. The PCVEA presses the Peace Corps to extend this victory to retirees of state and local government and corporations.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bgiWEv Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo] - Through the recounting of many stories, this book candidly discusses the author’s successes, failures, and adventures as a husband, father, brother, and social worker.
  
* Active in crafting National Service initiatives to strengthen and expand the Peace Corps and establish program to recruit and place 85,000 volunteers abroad as Prosperity Volunteers (S. 3487 and S. 277) and Global Service Fellows (S. 2609).
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*[http://amzn.to/2bdt0nJ Heaven and Hell in the Philippines: Journal of a Peace Corps Volunteer] - The author served as an agro-forestry specialist from 1985 to 1987. Here he describes some of the encounters, experiences, trials and tribulations he went through as he became a part of the culture and daily life of a small farming community in Quirino Province.
  
* Over a forty-year period served as staff and legal counsel to various House and Senate Committees (1965, 1967, 1975-79, 1981-93, and 2001-05) and the Carter White House (1979-81); trial attorney at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection (1972-75); and Vice President and principal lobbyist for the association representing the biotechnology industry (1993-2001).
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*[http://amzn.to/2bgqnjM Ponds of Kalambayi: A Peace Corps Memoir] - The hilarious and heart-wrenching memoir from a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire—with a new introduction.
  
* See oral history of career published by the Senate Historical Office at http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/oral_history/Ludlam_chuck.htm and is also available in audio tapes at http://www.evoca.com/chuckludlam.  
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*[http://amzn.to/2bgl4Mt First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life] - From intestinal parasites and guerrilla warfare, to culture clashes, and unexpected friendships, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria captures the thrills and absurdities of global humanitarian life in a story any globetrotter - armchair or otherwise - will love.
  
* Stanford University (BA 1967) and University of Michigan Law School (JD, 1972).
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*[http://amzn.to/2bu9alG A Land Without Time: A Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan] - For the first time, the story of Afghanistan prior to, and during, the communist coup of 1979 is told from the perspective of an American working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan.
  
* Recipient of the Stanford Centennial Medallion in 1992.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bEk4WN The Emperor and the Elephants: A Peace Corps Volunteer's Story of Life During the Late 1970s in the Central African Empire] - The Emperor and the Elephants is a memoir chronicling one Peace Corps volunteer’s fascinating experiences in the Central African Republic during the late 1970s.
  
* Office of Stanford in Government at Haas Public Service Center named for "Chuck Ludlam.”
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===Volunteer Story Collections===
  
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*[http://amzn.to/2bAhguJ From the Center of the Earth: Stories Out of the Peace Corps] - "What is so remarkable about these stories is how well they deliver the absolute essence, not of a Peace Corps 'experience,' but of the cultures of the host countries." -Amazon Reviewer
  
===Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff===
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*[http://amzn.to/2bymanG Eritrea Remembered: Recollections & Photos by Peace Corps Volunteers] - 18 Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Eritrea share their fond experiences in this Horn of Africa country.
  
* While serving in Senegal, invited by Senator Chris Dodd to testify on behalf of the 8,000 current Volunteers before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Dodd/Kennedy [[Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act]], S. 732 (PCVEA). Flew to Washington at their own expense to testify in support of the legislation.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bAhan2 A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service] - Twenty-eight first-person stories represent the breadth of Peace Corps work, the countries it serves, and its Volunteer diversity.
  
* See their oral and written testimony at  http://foreign.senate.gov/testimony/2007/Ludlam_HirschoffTestimony070725.pdf and http://foreign.senate.gov/testimony/2007/HirschoffTestimony070725.pdf. A video of the hearing can be viewed at http://foreign.senate.gov/hearings/2007/hrg070725a.html.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bglqTn Letters From The Peace Corps] - Peace Corps letters, and Journal entries from Peace Corps experience in Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde West Africa.
  
* Their article “A Call for Peace Corps Reform” appears in the fall 2008 issue of WorldView, the magazine of the National Peace Corps Association.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bdqBtf One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume One: Africa (Peace Corps at 50)] - This heartfelt collection is the first of its kind to chronicle 50 years of Peace Corps service.
  
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*[http://amzn.to/2bAhnGF Gather the Fruit One by One: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume Two: The Americas (Peace Corps at 50)] - These stories take you on overland journeys to the Amazon Basin, into a village in Honduras terrorized by insurgent forces, and to the ball fields of Ecuador for an unusual game of "beisbol."
  
== Peace Corps related Letters, Memos, and Reports on PCWiki ==
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*[http://amzn.to/2bgic21 A Small Key Opens Big Doors: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume Three: The Heart of Eurasia (Peace Corps at 50)] - Of the 40 stories in this volume, some reach back to early Peace Corps years in Iran and Turkey. Others engage with the newness of democratic freedoms, drawing back the curtain on old suspicions...
  
* http://peacecorpswiki.org/images/LudlamHirschoff.pdf
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*[http://amzn.to/2bEi6Wk Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume Four: Asia and the Pacific (Peace Corps at 50)] - Stories from land-locked Afghanistan to the smallest of islands in the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean.
July 24, 2009 Memorandum: Plan to Strengthen and Expand the Peace Corps:
 
Priorities for President Obama's First Term. Sent to Aaron Williams when arrived as director to Peace Corps.
 
 
 
* Dodd/Kennedy [[Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act]], S. 732 (PCVEA)
 
Composed by Chuck Ludam
 
  
=== Open Letter to oppose legislation to authorize a commemorative monument===  
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===Peace Corps Manuals===
to the Peace Corps near the National Mall in Washington DC
 
  
Dear National Parks Subcommittee, Commission on Fine Arts, and National Capital Planning Commission Staff, and Judy Scott Feldman (Save the Mall):
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*[http://amzn.to/2bEi293 Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook] - This is a guide and journal in an easy-to-use and easy-to-write-in handbook designed to be with you before you join, while you serve and after you come back from your Peace Corps experience.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bLnDrm The Insider's Guide to the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go] - Dillon Banerjee shares candid facts and insights about his Peace Corps experience in a practical question-and-answer format.
Proposals are under discussion to seek introduction and enactment of legislation to authorize a commemorative monument to the Peace Corps near the Mall. We believe this proposal is ill conceived and should be rejected.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bEiwvB So, You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go] - Whether you're thinking of joining, or have already been accepted and are getting ready to leave, this book provides answers you simply can't find elsewhere.
<blockquote>Several of you have said you share our view that this commemorative monument does not fall within the ambit of the Commemorative Works Act (P.L. 107-217; Chapter 89) that "limits monuments to memory of an individual, group, event or other significant element of American history that have been dead or past 25 years."
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*[http://amzn.to/2bgpWpv The Peace Corps Volunteer's Handbook: A Personal Field Guide to Making the Most of Your Peace Corps Experience] - Designed to be with you each step of the way—from applying to Peace Corps, starting your service, adjusting to your host country, and making your way home again—this handbook combines the best parts of a guidebook with all the creativity of a personal journal.
<blockquote>Clearly this proposal does not meet the "25 year" test and cannot be a monument to the Volunteers or the deceased Volunteers. Proponents of this idea seem to believe, however, that the Act leaves latitude to authorize a commemorative monument to an idea, in this case the idea of the Peace Corps. Several of you have said that this is not a reasonable interpretation of this law.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bAi5DS Peace Corps Family and Friends Guide] - This booklet is designed to help answer the most frequently asked questions from family and friends as well as provide information that can alleviate concerns and facilitate a supporting role in the Volunteer’s success.
<blockquote>In any event, the proposal should not be authorized for the reasons presented here.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bduzCa Romania in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication] - Romania, one of the most populous countries of eastern Europe, has a rich and complex history, whose culture has evolved over centuries and is a product of many conquering tribes and empires...
<blockquote>Is the idea of the Peace Corps so "monumental" that we need a monument to commemorate it near the Mall? If the Congress is going to authorize monuments to ideas rather than individuals and historical events, then we should start with the biggest ideas like the Bill of Rights, racial equality and tolerance, free enterprise economics, and liberal immigration policies.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bLrx3q Zambia in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication] - Zambia was relatively untouched by the outside world until the mid-19th century, when it was visited by Western explorers, missionaries, and traders...
<blockquote>If a commemorative monument is authorized regarding the idea of volunteer service, it should focus on the American tradition of community service rather than on one particular, recent and government-run model of this service. If we single out one particular program, why the Peace Corps rather than, for example, the AFS or the Fullbright program? Why single out a government program when most of our society's volunteerism lies in the private sector?
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===Peace Corps History===
<blockquote>We must remember that the Peace Corps is one of hundreds of government programs that are authorized and funded year by year. It is not permanent. Moreover, it is not unusual in representing a great idea; all government programs represent ideas.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bEh6Bm When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years] - Stanley Meisler deftly unpacks the complicated history with sharp analysis and memorable anecdotes.
<blockquote>Are the ideas represented by the Peace Corps exceptional compared to those embodied in other government programs? We have no monument on the Mall to the New Deal or Great Society programs. We have no monument to the space program. We have no memorial to the Land Grant College Act. Or to the national parks/wilderness systems. Or to environmental programs. Or labor rights or child welfare programs. The Peace Corps is but one of hundreds of well-intentioned government programs and a rather small one at that. Its 200,000 participants are few by government standards and a fraction of the number of participants in AmeriCorps/Vista.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bubuJy Peace Corps Chronology; 1961-2010] - This easy-to-read book describes the first half century of service during which more than 200,000 Americans volunteered to work in 139 countries.
<blockquote>Many of us who served as Volunteers find the notion of a commemorative monument to be embarrassing. Our pride in our service is strong but we see no need to be lionized with a monument. Moreover, few Volunteers in the field would support a monument. Their view of the Peace Corps is that it should be reformed, not expanded (46% to 20%).
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===Peace Corps Criticism===
<blockquote>If this proposal goes forward, we may well see pickets at the groundbreaking ceremony from Volunteers. Support for this proposal could be seen as self-referential and politically self-serving for the returned Volunteers who are Members of Congress.
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Peace-Corps-Reality-Anthony-Watkins-ebook/dp/B007MD089Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471997714&sr=8-1&keywords=peace+corps+icon+reality Peace Corps: The Icon and the Reality] - This book reviews how the Peace Corps repeatedly suppresses criticism that would harm its iconic image, such as the Kate Puzey murder scandal, its own damaging statistics, constructive critics who would reform program, and the Peace Corps Wiki itself.
<blockquote>The monument that returned Volunteers do need is funding to help them fulfill the third goal (informing Americans about the countries where they served), which the Congress and the Peace Corps have never adequately provided. Strangely and sadly, the 2009 version of Senator Dodd's Peace Corps authorization deletes the authorization for these grants that was included in his 2007 bill. If the Congress wants to honor the RPCVs, these grants should be the focus, not a monument of marble and bronze.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bEiy6Q Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Guide to Global Volunteer Opportunities, 12th Edition] - "This book taught me things about the Peace Corps that I didn't know... right in the first 14 pages they gave me plenty of thoughts to consider and so many other options..." -Amazon Reviewer
<blockquote>The principal proponent of this proposal, the National Peace Corps Association, has not as yet acted on a pending proposal to raise up to $7 million for the project. To begin to raise these funds before this monument is authorized would be premature. It should not do so, but rather, should focus its fundraising on endowing a program to support returned and current Volunteers. The proposed $7 million could endow 35 $10,000 grants per year for Volunteers, a much better use of these funds.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bu7CIH American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps] - Philip Weiss shines daylight on the facts of a Peace Corps murder case, exposing a gripping tale of love, violence, and clashing ideals.
<blockquote>The sentiment for the monument is seems similar to that driving NPCA's "more Peace Corps" campaign to double Peace Corps funding, e.g. that the Peace Corps should be immune from serious criticism and reform because it embodies great ideas and attracts idealistic Americans. This type of sentimentality stands in the way of reflection, renewal and reform and has led to atrophy at the agency.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bgscNI Peace Corps Fantasies: How Development Shaped the Global Sixties (Critical American Studies)] - This book focuses on the case of Bolivia, where indigenous nationalist movements dramatically expelled the Peace Corps in 1971 and also shows how Peace Corps development ideology shaped domestic and transnational social protest, including U.S. civil rights, black nationalist, and antiwar movements.
<blockquote>Indeed, The Peace Corps has deeply embedded and fundamental problems. The pervasive mismanagement is documented by the Volunteers in the 2008 Peace Corps survey. There are perhaps 15 well-managed programs out of more than 70. The Volunteers are voting with their feet with 35% terminating before completing their service. The Peace Corps claims that 20 countries are "shovel ready" for the Peace Corps and that there is a big surplus of applicants. Both assertions are contrary to fact. The Peace Corps record of First Goal results (development projects abroad) is undocumented and unevaluated. Can anyone name a single development idea or program that the Peace Corps has taken to scale worldwide? These issues are discussed in depth in the Peace Corps reform plan that we have published (see attached).
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*[http://amzn.to/2bu8vRs Murder in Benin: Kate Puzey's Death in the Peace Corps] - Kate Puzey was a popular, outgoing 24-year-old who loved being a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, but when she discovered a dark secret in her village, she knew she needed to take a stand -- a decision that would ultimately cost her life.
<blockquote>Finally, the future of the Peace Corps is not clear. Congress has enacted legislation and supported funding for another program, Volunteers for Prosperity (the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act), which will compete directly with the Peace Corps. The new program relies on the AmeriCorps model of placing volunteers with NGOs at one quarter the cost per individual. Over the next 10 years we'll see if the Peace Corps model-one that is bureaucratic, risk averse and spending $45,000 per Volunteer per year-is more effective than a decentralized, private sector approach. Then we'll know if the Peace Corps has stood the test of time and competition. For now it's premature to say how relevant the Peace Corps model of service will be over the long term.
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*[http://amzn.to/2bEjJmC Let's Use Free Speech to Expose the Peace Corps] - Based on personal observation, the author attests that the Peace Corps disempowers the disadvantaged. The Peace Corps models arrogance. The Peace Corps shackles humanity. 26 pages; 25 poems
<blockquote>We urge you to oppose this proposal and protect the National Mall from narrow and special interest commemorative monuments. We urge you to consider whether the Congress and NPCA will be embarrassed by this transparent act of self-congratulation. What we need is fundamental Peace Corps reform so that this program does not continue to atrophy. We need Third Goal funding. And, as for satisfaction and pride in service, RPCVs have those in their hearts.
 
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<blockquote>By way of introduction, we have both twice served as Peace Corps Volunteers (Chuck: Nepal, 68-70, and Senegal, 05-07; Paula, Kenya 68-70 and Senegal 05-07). Chuck serves on the Board of the National Peace Corps Association, served as an advisor to the Obama transition team for the Peace Corps, and founded Friends of Nepal. We were selected by Senator Chris Dodd to represent the 8000 Volunteers in his July 2007 hearing on Peace Corps reform, flying in from Senegal at our own expense. Chuck served on the staff of various House and Senate Committees between 1965 and 2005 and the staff of the Carter White House and Federal Trade Commission. He also served for seven and a half years as the principal lobbyist for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Paula has served on the Friends of Kenya Board and has had a 35-year career as a teacher, journalist, writer, and editor.
 
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<blockquote>It is because we love the Peace Corps and believe in its ideals that we have led the push to secure fundamental Peace Corps reform and now take the lead in opposing the commemorative monument.
 
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<blockquote>Thank you very much for considering our point of view.
 
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<blockquote>Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff
 
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Revision as of 18:35, 23 August 2016

Memoirs & Stories from Individual Volunteers

  • Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo - Through the recounting of many stories, this book candidly discusses the author’s successes, failures, and adventures as a husband, father, brother, and social worker.

Volunteer Story Collections

  • Letters From The Peace Corps - Peace Corps letters, and Journal entries from Peace Corps experience in Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde West Africa.

Peace Corps Manuals

  • Unofficial Peace Corps Volunteer Handbook - This is a guide and journal in an easy-to-use and easy-to-write-in handbook designed to be with you before you join, while you serve and after you come back from your Peace Corps experience.
  • Peace Corps Family and Friends Guide - This booklet is designed to help answer the most frequently asked questions from family and friends as well as provide information that can alleviate concerns and facilitate a supporting role in the Volunteer’s success.
  • Romania in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication - Romania, one of the most populous countries of eastern Europe, has a rich and complex history, whose culture has evolved over centuries and is a product of many conquering tribes and empires...

Peace Corps History

  • Peace Corps Chronology; 1961-2010 - This easy-to-read book describes the first half century of service during which more than 200,000 Americans volunteered to work in 139 countries.

Peace Corps Criticism

  • Peace Corps: The Icon and the Reality - This book reviews how the Peace Corps repeatedly suppresses criticism that would harm its iconic image, such as the Kate Puzey murder scandal, its own damaging statistics, constructive critics who would reform program, and the Peace Corps Wiki itself.
  • Murder in Benin: Kate Puzey's Death in the Peace Corps - Kate Puzey was a popular, outgoing 24-year-old who loved being a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, but when she discovered a dark secret in her village, she knew she needed to take a stand -- a decision that would ultimately cost her life.
  • Let's Use Free Speech to Expose the Peace Corps - Based on personal observation, the author attests that the Peace Corps disempowers the disadvantaged. The Peace Corps models arrogance. The Peace Corps shackles humanity. 26 pages; 25 poems