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Americans Do Their Business Abroad: The Peace Corps Latrine Reader

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ISBN-13: 978-0982261903
ISBN-10: 098226190X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Other Places Publishing (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098226190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982261903
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Herman on February 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Warning: Reading this book may cause sudden outbursts of laughter, tears, intense cerebral activity, a heightened sense of cultural awareness, the heebie-jeebies, deep tingling sensations, and/or temporary insanity since readers may experience a longing desire to join the Peace Corps and get in on all the fun.

Why should you read "Americans Do Their Business Abroad?" Because there is no better source on earth of non-fiction that reads like a wild trip to fantasyland, is that good enough for you?

These insightfully sensitive and hilarious stories, written by RPCVs (returned peace corps volunteers), offer us an intellectually stimulating yet highly entertaining window into the wacky world of Peace Corps.

Or if you simply wish to know FIRSThand what's happening in the THIRD world, or SECOND even, don't log on to some pathetically fancy encyclopedia, and please don't bother with the sterile pages of the CIA World Fact Book, just honor America's bravest college-educated volunteers by reading our stories.

We RPCVs volunteered to spend at least two prime years of our lives in the most remote, exotic, and crazy places on earth. We went with the highest-minded and principled intentions (usually) to represent The United States of America (more or less), only to return entirely humbled, but with amazing stories about the godforsaken land(s) where were we fought (and usually lost) the good fight. The very least any American intellectual who was too chicken to join the Peace Corps right out of college can do is buy a collection of our best stories.

Peace, Love, and malaria.
Andrew Herman
RPCV Gabon
1993-1996
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mj Devine on April 20, 2009
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This book is full of hilarious volunteer stories that are too outrageous to be made up. Be prepared to laugh out loud as you get a taste of the side of volunteer life that's entertaining but not for the weak of stomach. Every volunteer has experiences that are terrifying, gross or disturbing at the time but hilarious after the fact. This book is full of those stories. Enjoy!

Katie Devine
Dominican Republic 2006-2008
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Kaiser on July 12, 2009
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It has been 30 years since I left the Peace Corps but reading this book brought back some of my more humorous memories such as Marshall's 2 hole latrine and the story of the world traveler raking his money out of Martin's latrine. Any former volunteer can relate to the stories here and laugh now even if the authors might not have laughed at the time of the various situations they wrote about.

Anne Kaiser
Togo '76-'79
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