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Product Details

  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470185644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470185640
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,731,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 18, 2012
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In today's Peace Corps the classic 60s "spirit" of empowerment and innovation are thrown to the birds!!! People are still have amazing experiences despite Peace Corps Washington. Describes some of the structural dis-function of government and GIVES VOICE to those who question it.

Reveals the Washington offices to be loaded with self satisfied preachy do-gooders in stable politically connected power positions or clueless careerists carrying out orders.

....with so little oversight and they are hurting volunteers with their malfeasance.... not to mention the disillusionment and apathy.

I can see why there is so little talk about accomplishments of Peace Corps it's another backwater of government... churning away to SERVE ITSELF FIRST...then maybe its overseas staff and volunteers,

It's to complex a subject to touch.... HOWEVER this essay answered so many of my questions, I wish it were longer and had more volunteer testimonies..... it's a ballzy piece of writing.... hope it gets more traction in the community.... excellent and well researched! 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert233 on March 23, 2012
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The writing is relevant, to-the-point, but easy to read. You don't have to be involved with the Peace Corps to get something from this book. This issue is important; I'm really glad that somebody chose to write about it. Plus, the price is incredibly reasonable. 5 stars all around!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Dickinson on May 23, 2012
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The Peace Corps lacks an understandable new vision after the its fifth year, all too often the question is raised of whether the Peace Corps still exists. Watkins' criticism echoes Chuck Ludlam's legal testimonies and the testimonials of many volunteers: the volunteers need to be empowered to make this a relevant organization.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Roll on May 14, 2012
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Watkins' analysis of the Peace Corps is incomplete and his history investigation evidently stops abruptly with the Agency Assessment of June 2010. He summarizes well the various studies done in the last ten years documenting problems with the Peace Corps. He lauds, and rightly so, the comprehensive analysis done by Ludlam and presented to Congress in 2007. That legislation which was designed to reform Peace Corps did not pass and the then Bush administrations political appointed Director did not support the legislation. Fast forward, however, to 2011. The Obama appointed Director, Aaron Williams, worked with Congress and a brilliant group of RPCV women, First Response Action, to create and PASS the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011. That legislation goes a long way to correct the problems of Peace Corps safety. It is a model for all organizations. The opposition to this legislation did not come from the "Peace Corps bureaucrats," but rather from some of the "old hands" of the Peace Corps. Ironically, Watkins also lauds Dickenson's important website: Peace Corps Wikipedi. That website highlighted the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011, for months. It is a serious omission to fail to cite that legislation. CORRECTION; I apologize. Watkins does cite the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011.

Watkins also does not adequately describe the unique personnel system of Peace Corps. Tenure is limited to five years and successful service as a Peace Corps Volunteer is NOT a prerequisite for employment with the agency. So, the "bureaucrats" are leaving all the time; there is constant turnover and turmoil. He is absolutely correct about the extraordinary high number of political appointees in decision making positions.
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