Find books in the Library of Congress Collections by 200 authors who served in the Peace Corps.
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Radelet, Steven (Western Samoa, 1981–83).
Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries Are Leading the Way. With an introduction by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development: Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2010533478
Publisher’s description: “Emerging Africa describes the too-often-overlooked positive changes that have taken place in much of Africa since the mid-1990s. In 17 countries, five fundamental and sustained breakthroughs are making old assumptions increasingly untenable. These include the rise of democracy brought on by the end of the Cold War and apartheid; stronger economic management; the end of the debt crisis and a more constructive relationship with the international community; the introduction of new technologies, especially mobile phones and the Internet; and the emergence of a new generation of leaders. With these significant changes, the countries of emerging Africa seem poised to lead the continent out of the conflict, stagnation, and dictatorships of the past. The countries discussed in the book are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Mali Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.”
Restle, Barbara (Fiji, 1979–80).
Shadow over Fiji: A Memoir. New York: Vantage Press, 1999. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/99093570
Subject: A former Peace Corps volunteer narrates her experience in Fiji involving women ranchers, cattle, and Fijian social life and customs.
Richter, Joan (staff spouse, Kenya, 1965–67).
The Gambling Master of Shanghai and Other Tales of Suspense. 1st Peace Corps Writers ed. Oakland, California: Peace Corps Writers, Library of Congress Permalink: 2011. http://lccn.loc.gov/2011921224
Amazon.com description: “The Gambling Master of Shanghai and Other Tales of Suspense is a collection of seventeen stories that will take the reader on a suspenseful journey to places near and far—to Shanghai and Prague, Africa, Cambodia, and the United States.”
Ridgell, Reilly (Micronesia, 1971–73).
Bending to the Trade Winds: Stories of the Peace Corps Experience in Micronesia. Mangilao: University of Guam Press, 1991. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/93195624
Subject: This is an anthology of fictional stories based on experiences of Peace Corps volunteers in Chuuk in the early 1970s.
Robinson, Michael Edson (South Korea, 1968–71).
Korea’s Twentieth-Century Odyssey. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2007. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2006038995
Subject: This work examines twentieth-century Korean history and democratization in South Korea, 1987–2000.
Rosen, Barry (Iran, 1967–69), Barbara Rosen, and George Feifer.
The Destined Hour: The Hostage Crisis and One Family’s Ordeal. Garden City. 1st ed. New York: Doubleday, 1982. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/81043857
Publisher’s description: “Former hostage, Barry Rosen, gives a first-person account of the takeover of the American Embassy in Iran and his 444 days in captivity juxtaposed with his wife’s account of the effect of these events on the families of the hostages.” Rosen was serving as press attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, when militants took him and 51 other Americans hostage on November 4, 1979.
Rosen, George H. (Kenya, 1968–70).
The Immanence of God in the Tropics. 1st ed. Fredonia, New York: Leapfrog Press, 2012. Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2012031013
Publisher’s description: “Told with a vivid, pungent sense of place, whether on a bumpy soccer pitch carved from an African forest or a tall ship in a dazzling sea, these are tales of unexpected encounters far from home. A Great White Hunter with more wives than money turns into Africa’s least competent thief; two Americans learning Spanish contemplate the costs and possibilities of love in the mountains of Mexico; a father wades into the surf to protect his daughter from the (usually) harmless local lunatic; and a seasick disciple of Dr. Livingstone bumps into God on the equator. Unprotected by the comforts of home, Rosen’s characters turn unexpected corners as they look for that place where “everywhere, there is something remarkable.”
Rosenberg, Robert (Kyrgyzstan, 1994–96).
This Is Not Civilization: A Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2004042729
Publisher’s description: This is a novel about a former Peace Corps volunteer now working as a refugee resettlement officer in Istanbul, who finds himself hosting two friends from his two Peace Corps villages in Kyrgyzstan, “unaware that they will soon face one of the most disastrous earthquakes of the century. Sweeping, compassionate, and deeply moving, this novel celebrates the power of human connection in a largely unsettled world.”
Ross, Mark C. (Kenya, 1977–79).
Dangerous Beauty: Life and Death in Africa: True Stories from a Safari Guide. 1st ed. New York: Hyperion, 2001. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/00062000
Publisher’s description: “On March 1, 1999, American safari guide Mark Ross was camping with four clients in Uganda searching for endangered mountain gorillas. By day’s end, two of these clients and six other tourists were dead at the hands of Rwandan rebels. As a man who loves East Africa, Ross felt betrayed by this horror, which made headlines around the world. He writes, “The continent has always been the love of my life. Now there is trouble between us.” Dangerous Beauty is the story of that love and trouble. Ross writes here about his close-up encounters with danger and natural beauty in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Uganda. He describes his walks in the bush and the way he teaches his clients to read unearthly silences and stillnesses in the wind that signify trouble. He writes about deadly charges by elephants and the electric excitement of witnessing the mass migrations of wildebeest and zebras. He writes, too, in detail about the terrible events of 1999.”
Royal, Ruth Kesselring (Philippines, 1961–63) and Beryl Brinkman (Afghanistan, 1967–69).
Never Gonna Cease My Wanderin’: Letters Between Friends. 1st Peace Corps Writers ed. Oakland, California: Peace Corps Writers, 2012. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2012947639
Amazon.com description: “In the late 50s, two young women at a small Midwestern college forge a friendship which will extend a lifetime and is at the core of their letter exchanges as they travel the world. Together the pair march into the 60s, picking their way around the land mines of that liberating era. They explore their hearts, and souls, as they join the Peace Corps, writing to compare experiences, raise new questions. Never Gonna Cease My Wanderin’ is a collection of Ruth and Beryl's letters. It pulls the reader into their worlds as Volunteers in the Philippines and Afghanistan and then their lives beyond. How will these two friends, bonded by dreams of internationalism, equal rights and a personal haven, find their way?”
Rush, Norman (Botswana, country director, 1978–83).
Mortals: A Novel. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/2002043289
Publisher’s description: “In the heart of Botswana, the lives of three Americans—an undercover CIA agent, his disaffected wife, and an iconoclastic black holistic physician—entangle with that of a local populist leader as a violent insurrection erupts in the area…. Through lives lived ardently in an unforgiving land, Mortals examines with wit and insight the dilemmas of power, religion, rebellion, and contending versions of and love. It is a study of a marriage over time, and a man’s struggle to find his way when his private and public worlds are shifting.”
Mating. New York: A. A. Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 1991. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/90025752
Publisher’s description: “Set in the African republic of Botswana…Norman Rush’s novel simultaneously explores the highest of intellectual high grounds and the most tortuous ravines of the erotic… An anthropologist in her early thirties on the loose in Africa pursues a fit, late-forties utopian male in Botswana. Dreams, plans, and schemes surround their courtship.”
Whites: Stories. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 1986. Library of Congress Permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/85045598
Subject: This is a critically acclaimed collection of short stories set in Botswana and focusing on American whites in the country.