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==Peace Corps Books to Read Before Your Service==
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=Peace Corps Books to Read Before Your Service=
  
*[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.
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==Stories from Inside the Peace Corps==
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===Memoirs & Stories from Individual Volunteers===
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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.
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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...
  
*[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/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...
  
*[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.
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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).
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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/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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
 
*[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.
 
*[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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
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===Story Collections===
  
 
*[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
 
*[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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
  
 
*[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."
 
*[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."
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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://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://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.
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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.
  
*[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
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===Peace Corps Manuals===
  
*[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
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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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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...
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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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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.
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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...
  
*[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.
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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...
  
*[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.
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===Peace Corps Criticism===
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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).
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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
  
*[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...
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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.
  
*[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...
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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.
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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.
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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
  
*[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...
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===Peace Corps History===
  
*[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.
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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.
  
*[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.
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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.

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Peace Corps Books to Read Before Your Service

Stories from Inside the Peace Corps

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.

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 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

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.