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Robert M. Klein, PhD, is a Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
George C. Enders, PhD, is the Director of Medical Education adn Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604944579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604944570
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on February 20, 2011
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I was lucky enough to be part of Ghana 1, the major topic of Bob Klein's book. Klein has successfully captured many of the challenges, adventures, and successes of our two year experience in Ghana. MANY of our group went on with other Peace Corps jobs: as volunteers, Directors, Administrators. The bonding that we have experienced then makes us rejoice at our scheduled 50th anniversary. Bob deserves our thanks for this book.
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This is a personal memoir of the very first Peace Corps Volunteers who went to teach in Ghana. Many personal recollections of volunteers, and some insights about the early organization I didn't know. JAT
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I knew Bob. Following his Peace Corps tour, Bob became the Director of the entire Ghana Peace Corps program.

I found his reporting of his experiences with the villagers to be somewhat bureaucratic, arms length, maybe impersonal or aloof ??

Why do I say this? Because I became a Peace Corps volunteer in 1966. I say this when I compare my own two years experience with Bob's. I did live among a different tribe than did Bob.
I found the Ghanaian villagers engaging. Resourceful. And surprisingly happy, despite their outward economic circumstance.
I made many good friends. And, I found it difficult to say good bye, when my tour ended in 1968.

Ironically, as director of the Ghana Peace Corps, Bob was outstanding. He respected each volunteer as a creative individual. In his administrative role, Bob happily offered so much support and encouragement and creative suggestions to the Volunteers.
Bob was a natural fit for the times and his role.

You may find that Bob's historical details provide a fascinating and rare look into the early days when U.S. Peace Corps policy still involved a lot of experimenting. The U.S. Peace Corps "mission" advanced slowly through its early birthing years.

It was a wonderful time. No cell phones. No internet. No computers. Snail mail between Ghana and the United States required 4 to 6 weeks -- one way.

The majority of Ghanaians lived in small villages. Local Messages were sent between the villages by the "talking drum." And no Ghanaian had ever seen a McDonald's, a Pizza Hut, or a Kentucky Fried. As volunteers, we ate the native foods. We lived and played in the same manner as the villagers.

In short, it truly was another world -- in another time and place.
How quickly those changes have come.

Enjoy
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For anyone who has been in the Peace Corps, or who knows others who have been, this is an excellent story of the first 'voyage' to Ghana, West Africa. I was lucky enough to be one of those first 51.
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