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by Stanley Meisler


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When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years.

When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years. Revelatory and candid. n instructive, thorough, and fascinating history. Peter Hessler, New Yorker staff writer, journalist, and author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze. Meisler takes us through a concise and affectionate look at its birth, and its various political battles. Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times. Meisler's affection for the agency permeates every chapter.

LC copy 1 signed by author. Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-252) and index

LC copy 1 signed by author. 232-252) and index

Not an institutional history, When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps's first fifty years.

Not an institutional history, When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps's first fifty years. Revelatory and candid, Stanley Meisler's engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers' unique struggles abroad. Meisler deftly unpacks the complicated history with sharp analysis and memorable anecdotes, taking readers on a global trek starting with the historic first contingent of Volunteers to Ghana on August 30, 1961.

When the World Calls book. Book by Stanley Meisler. Stanley Meisler's only official affiliation with the Peace Corps was during a two and a half year stint as a Volunteer Evaluator in the 1960's, but he has been a proponent of the organization ever since.

The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years. One aspect of the story astounded me as I studied the Peace Corps after so many years away: the impressive array of talent among former Volunteers. The alumni roster includes two . Beacon Press, Boston. senators, nine members of the House of Representatives, two governors, three mayors, twenty ambassador. s, a host of university presidents, the board chairs of Levi Strauss and the Chicago Bears, and the founders of the Nature Company and Netflix.

A Not an institutional history, When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years. Revelatory and candid, Stanley Meisler’s engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers’ unique struggles abroad. Похожие книги: Volunteers, Crowds and Outdoor Music Festivals.

There are dozens of books about Peace Corps experiences, but this book details the Peace Corps organization itself and its history. And it’s not all pretty. You get both the good and the bad here. I have to say though, it got pretty dry sometimes and I had to push to get through some chapters. It was interesting to see what the Peace Corps have gone thorough in the last fifty years however.

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When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps's first fifty years. Revelatory and candid, journalist Stanley Meisler's engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers' unique struggles abroad. He deftly unpacks the complicated history with sharp analysis and memorable anecdotes, taking readers on a global trek starting with the historic first contingent of Volunteers to Ghana on August 30, 1961

When the World Calls. The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years. Stanley Meisler delivers an enlightened and engaging narrative of President Kennedy’s ‘most enduring legacy’–the Peace Corps

When the World Calls. Stanley Meisler delivers an enlightened and engaging narrative of President Kennedy’s ‘most enduring legacy’–the Peace Corps. With humor and a historian’s eye for telling detail, he carries us through this remarkable organization’s fifty years of history and leaves us convinced that 200,000 Volunteers really did make a difference in the world. David Lamb, long-time Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and author of Vietnam Now: A Reporter Returns.

A complete and revealing history of the Peace Corps—in time for its fiftieth anniversary   On October 14, 1960, at an impromptu speech at the University of Michigan, John F. Kennedy presented an idea to a crowd of restless students for an organization that would rally American youth in service. Though the speech lasted barely three minutes, his germ of an idea morphed dramatically into Kennedy’s most enduring legacy — the Peace Corps. From this offhand campaign remark, shaped speedily by President Kennedy’s brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, in 1961, the organization ascended with remarkable excitement and publicity, attracting the attention of thousands of hopeful young Americans.   Not an institutional history, When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years. Revelatory and candid, Stanley Meisler’s engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers’ unique struggles abroad. Meisler deftly unpacks the complicated history with sharp analysis and memorable anecdotes, taking readers on a global trek starting with the historic first contingent of Volunteers to Ghana on August 30, 1961.   The Peace Corps has served as an American emblem for world peace and friendship, yet few realize that it has sometimes tilted its agenda to meet the demands of the White House. Tracing its history through the past nine presidential administrations, Meisler discloses, for instance, how Lyndon Johnson became furious when Volunteers opposed his invasion of the Dominican Republic; he reveals how Richard Nixon literally tried to destroy the Peace Corps, and how Ronald Reagan endeavored to make it an instrument of foreign policy in Central America. But somehow the ethos of the Peace Corps endured, largely due to the perseverance of the 200,000 Volunteers themselves, whose shared commitment to effect positive global change has been a constant in one of our most complex—and valued—institutions.

Comments: (7)

Mettiarrb
While the majority of Peace Corps books profile Volunteer experiences, this book is most useful in profiling the institution of the Peace Corps. The events told in this book take place mostly in the offices between the White House and the Country Director position, documenting actions and attitudes of the Peace Corps role players. For someone looking to learn about the Peace Corps, but not from a cheerleader perspective, this is your book.

On a personal note, I served in the Peace Corps from '03-'05 and did not know much about its evolution over the 40 years prior with the exception of the popular Sarge Shriver stories. The impact this book had on me could best be analogized like this: You know how sometimes a lot of the work parents put into raising children is often not known or appreciated until those kids become adults or parents themselves? This book provided me that appreciation for the Peace Corps. Thank you Sarge, and everyone else since who kept the Peace Corps going until it was my turn to serve. I'll do my best to make sure it will be around well into the future!
Thorgaginn
This is the most comprehensive study of the Peace Corps' Washington D.C. politics in print. Any former volunteer or even someone interested in the agency's political workings should read this book. Meisler covers budgets, congressional hearings, debates and controversies. A journalist, the author writes in concise language, best appreciated in tandem with Peace Corps Chronology; 1961-2010. Together, they form the backbone of 50 years of history.
Felhann
Stanley Meisler has done an oustanding job of describing the first 50 years of the Peace Corps with lots of inside information. As someone who was part of the Peace Corps, I can safely say that the author has very effectively told the story of one of the most cherished and successful programs of the Kennedy Administration and beyond. The Peace Corps is one of the most glowing programs that consistently earns the respect and support of its host countries and continues to enhance the reputation of the united States. This book captures it all.
Vudogal
very good transaction, no problems
blodrayne
(Full Disclosure: As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer myself [Dominica 2010-2012] my opinion of this book may be weighted more to the favorable side. However, I have tried to be as objective as possible in this review.) The Peace Corps is one of the most lasting legacies of Pres. Kennedy's short time in office and, because of it's mission and centrality in Kennedy's presidential story, is a program with a great deal of favorability and mythology, in spite of it's small numbers, lack of current media attention, and hard-to-define accomplishments. In this overview of the last 50 years of the Peace Corps' history, Mr. Meisler attempts to cut through the mythology and inform the general public about this amazing organization. For the most part, Mr. Meisler follows the bureaucratic and back room history of the organization with most of the weight focused on the early years and then less weight given each era as he gets closer to the present. Some of the history Mr. Meisler chronicles is disheartening, but for the most part the Peace Corps, it's successive directors, staffs, and volunteers have done a tremendous job of upholding the ideals and objectives of the organization. I will say though that I was disappointed that more wasn't written about the Volunteers' work and life. In fact, this is its biggest fault. For an organization of over 200,000 returned and current volunteers, very little was said about the life and work of volunteers in different countries throughout its history. Granted, Mr. Meisler does write a little on this, even dedicating one chapter to the history of personal memoirs published by returned volunteers, but this history deals mostly with the bureaucracy. A history that detailed the life and work of volunteers in each decade of it's 50 years probably would've made it less accessible to the general public, but would've held much more value as a comprehensive history of the Peace Corps and as a true record of its accomplishments. Still, his afterword, aptly titled "Does the Peace Corps Do Any Good?," is one of the best defenses of the Peace Corps value and its achievements. This is definitely a good place to start for anyone who is interested in the Peace Corps.
When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years download epub
Job Hunting & Careers
Author: Stanley Meisler
ISBN: 0807050490
Category: Business & Money
Subcategory: Job Hunting & Careers
Language: English
Publisher: Beacon Press (February 22, 2011)
Pages: 288 pages