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When the World Calls

The Inside Story Of The Peace Corps And Its First Fifty Years

By Stanley Meisler

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.

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Format: Book
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Summary: Presents a history of the Peace Corp and exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the struggles volunteers faced abroad.
Title: When the world calls : the inside story of the Peace Corps and its first fifty years / Stanley Meisler.
Publisher Date: Boston : Beacon Press, c2011.
Subject: Peace Corps (U.S.) Economic assistance, American -- Developing countries United States -- Foreign relations -- Developing countries
Isbn: 0807050490 9780807050491
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Format: Book
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Summary: Presents a history of the Peace Corp and exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the struggles volunteers faced abroad.
Title: When the world calls : the inside story of the Peace Corps and its first fifty years / Stanley Meisler.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Beacon Press, c2011.
Description: xi, 272 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Peace Corps (U.S.)
Subjects: Economic assistance, American -- Developing countries
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- Developing countries
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-252) and index.
Contents: The challenge from JFK -- Sarge's Peace Corps -- The pioneer volunteers and the postcard -- The battle of Britain -- Friday, November 22, 1963 -- U.S. troops invade the Dominican Republic -- Johnny Hood -- The specter of Vietnam -- The wrath of Richard Nixon -- The fall of the Lion of Judah -- The militant Sam Brown -- Mayhem and illness -- The rich lady in her first job for pay -- 200,000 stories -- A new name and a new world -- The expansive mood of the Clinton years -- The quiet Bush years -- Diplomatic troubles -- Obama and the future.
LCCN: 2010033723
ISBN: 0807050490
ISBN: 9780807050491
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Call Number: 361.6 Mei