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Adams, Jerome R. (Colombia, 1963–65)

Liberators, Patriots, and Leaders of Latin America: 32 Biographies. 2nd ed. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., Publishers, 2010. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “This book features biographies of 32 of the most notable figures in Latin American history. To the 23 individuals from the first edition, consisting mostly of revolutionary, political, and military figures of the past, are added nine new biographies of contemporary Latin American presidents, providing an updated view of the region's leadership. Several patterns run through the individual biographies. The concept of native identity is an important aspect in the stories of Malinche, Juarez, Sandino, and Zapata--profoundly affecting the politics of modern Brazil, Mexico, and Nicaragua. One also sees a continuing compulsion to rebel against overwhelming odds in the cases of Manuela Saenz, Che Guevara and Daniel Ortega.”

Albritton, Jane, ed. (India, 1967–69).

Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth: 50 Years Of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume Four, Asia & The Pacific. Palo Alto, California: Travelers’ Tales, 2011. Library of Congress Permalink:

Award: Jane Albritton, Peace Corps Collection Award, September 2012

Publisher’s description: “From land-locked Afghanistan to the smallest of islands in the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean, stories by Peace Corps Volunteers from this region come from (mostly) Hindu India—1,269,210 square miles worth of democracy patched together from princely states—Confucian Korea, Muslim Indonesia and Buddhist Thailand. Imagine delivering a baby—with the help of the handy Peace Corps first aid kit—on a rust bucket of a passenger ship in the Pacific or practicing agriculture with armed Pathan farmers in the Pashtun region of Pakistan. How about trekking into the far reaches of Afghanistan to inoculate women and children for small pox, or returning 25 years later to your school in India to find that, yes, your students do remember you? These stories say. 'I Was There.'”

Alter, Bernie (India, 1967–69), and Pat Alter (Paraguay, 1970–72), eds.

Gather the Fruit One by One: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories. 1st ed. Palo Alto, California: Solas House/Travelers Tales, 2011. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s summary: An anthology of stories about the work of Peace Corps volunteers in Latin America, ranging “from 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 béisbol.”

Armstrong, Sara (Uganda, 1966–68).

Shattered Pearl: An Odyssey of Service, Savagery and Survival. Victoria, B.C.: Trafford, 2001. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “The Shattered Pearl is an account of the ten years the author spent in Uganda. It begins with an inside look at Peace Corps training in 1966 against the backdrop of the civil rights movement. Sara finds herself the only black Peace Corps trainee in a group of 150. Once in Uganda, Sara teaches science and math and travels around East Africa with her Peace Corps friends observing the natural beauty and abundant wildlife in the game parks. They even attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. In April 1968, Sara marries a Ugandan, James Wanambwa; resigns from the Peace Corps and begins a new life. Their son Edward is born in 1970. James is trying to start a dairy farm and Sara is still teaching. On January 25, 1971, Idi Amin Dada overthrows the government of Milton Obote and plunges Uganda into a cycle of terror and bloodshed. Even the birth of their daughter, Lillian, in 1972 only temporarily distracts Sara and James from the tragedy that is unfolding. During the next five years, the situation worsens. Sara moves about the country freely, seeing many things that are not reported in the press. She lives as an ordinary Ugandan but sees the events from an American viewpoint, including the Israeli raid on Entebbe Airport. Finally, in 1977, Sara and James decide that they must leave Uganda if they are to retain their sanity and give their children a chance for a normal life. They go through the harrowing process of getting permission to leave the country, procuring travel documents, and finally are forced to leave overland when the airport becomes too dangerous to use. They arrive safely in the USA, tired, relieved and saddened to have witnessed the shattering of the Pearl of Africa.”