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Eckert, Carter J. (South Korea, circa 1968–72).

Offspring of Empire: The Koch’ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876–1945. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s summary: “Focusing his study on one powerful clan of Korean businessmen, Eckert examines the extent to which Japanese imperialism molded modern Korean capitalism.”

Edmisten, Patricia Taylor (Peru, 1962–64).

Nicaragua Divided: La Prensa and the Chamorro Legacy. Pensacola: University of West Florida Press, 1990. Library of Congress Permalink:

Subject: This book is about Nicaraguan politics and government during 1979–90 and more specifically about the struggle for press freedom by the Chamorro family, which owned the La Prensa newspaper.

Eggers, Ellen K. (Malaysia, 1976–78).

Historical Dictionary of Burundi. 3rd ed. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2006. Library of Congress Permalink:

Publisher’s description: “Located in east central Africa, the Republic of Burundi has experienced much conflict in its brief history. Although it has been independent from European administration since 1962, Burundi has gone through several political upheavals. From 1966 to 1990, it existed as a republic under military rule. In 1993, it had its first free presidential election, which placed Melchoir Ndaday in the Presidential seat. His assassination four months later spurred violent uprisings between Burundi's two major ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi. Ndaday's successor likewise died under suspicious circumstances in 1994, resulting in more civil unrest in Burundi, as well as in Burundi's neighboring country of Rwanda. Burundi's civilian conflicts have been further strained by pressing social and economic problems, causing the leadership of this troubled country to appeal for help from its UN affiliates. The Historical Dictionary of Burundi contains entries on the important national figures, political parties and military personnel who have steered this tiny nation through its troubled development, as well as information on Burundi's steadily strengthening economy and educational base. A chronology, bibliography, and detailed introduction will give the reader a perspective from which to continue study of the development of this nation.”

Eggers, Paul (Malaysia, 1976–78).

Saviors. 1st ed. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1998. Library of Congress Permalink:

Award: Winner of the Maria Thomas Fiction Award, 2000

Publisher’s description: “In a tale that combines the clash of cultures, the lure of the exotic, and the brutal reality of a refugee’s life into a memorable human comedy, we come to understand what it means to be an American. The saviors of this witty novel set in a Vietnamese refugee camp are a pair of Americans who find themselves fomenting rebellion.”

Erdman, Sarah (Côte d’Ivoire, 1998).

Nine Hills to Nambonkaha: Two Years in the Heart of an African Village. 1st ed. New York: Henry Holt, 2003. Library of Congress Permalink:

Award: Winner of the Peace Corps Writers Paul Cowan Nonfiction Award, 2004

Publisher’s description: The author, a longtime Peace Corps worker based in Washington, D.C., paints “a portrait of a resilient African village, ruled until recently by magic and tradition, now facing modern problems and responding, often triumphantly, to change. As a Peace Corps volunteer, the author was the first Caucasian to venture to Nambonkaha since the French colonialists… Lyrical and topical, Erdman’s beautiful debut captures the astonishing spirit of an unforgettable community.”

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