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The Perennial Wanderer: An American in the World [Paperback]

Steven D. Orr
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June 15, 2010 1451224591 978-1451224597
This book is an historical compendium of events in the life of its author.  I've been injured seriously by a Claymore Mine in Viet Nam; taken hostage by communist rebels in El Salvador; been attacked by a knife-wielding Panamanian.  Experienced in 75 countries, I've seen no shortage of violence and hatred in this world of ours.  I've also seen many good and beautiful things on this planet.  Readers who have purchased the book report that they've learned things.  For the older, more experienced reader there will be new material in terms of the events themselves.  For the younger reader there will be much new information to be learned.

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Readers will either envy the life Steven D. Orr has led or be thankful it wasn't theirs to live. His adventures across more than 75 countries would satisfy any thrill seeker. He has been a Peace Corps volunteer, military serviceman, refugee officer and USAID worker. Steven has even contracted in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he has seen it all--every temperature, every terrain, every culture. He has lived and worked in countries such as Panama, Vietnam, Colombia, Peru, Mozambique, Sudan, and El Salvador, some during their most vulnerable years in modem history. 

From the Author

I had fun writing this book.  It was first published with the short title of "The Perennial Wanderer" in 2001.  It was then republished with newly added chapters in 2010 as "The Perennial Wanderer: An American in the World."  I call it perennially wandering because I've been on the road, so to speak, ever since I was seven years old, then living in Japan.  Serving in the U.S. Air Force as a young man, I've also been a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Following those jobs I wound up as a Refugee Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, in Viet Nam.  After that there were experiences living in Europe, working in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belarus and many other countries.  See why I had fun writing this book?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: America Star Books (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451224591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451224597
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,606,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Visit www.stevendorr.com. Enjoy the three book reviews of The Perennial Wanderer: An American in the World. Steven Orr was born in Joplin, Missouri, but was removed from that environment at an early age to go live with his family in Japan. In adult years he has been taken hostage, wounded by a Claymore mine, worked in many wartorn countries, and is experienced now in 75 countries. Life has been an adventure. Life continues being an adventure in my current work as an English Language Officer contracted by the U.S. Department of State.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Professional Review by Jaime July 5, 2012
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Readers will either envy the life Steven D. Orr has led or be thankful it wasn't theirs to live. His adventures across more than 75 countries would satisfy any thrill seeker. Steven D. Orr has been a Peace Corps volunteer, military serviceman, refugee officer, USAID worker, and project developer. He was also employed as a contractor for private corporations such as American Red Cross International Relief and Development and American Red Cross/Disaster Services. Steven has even contracted in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he has seen it all--every temperature, every terrain, every culture. Steven chronologically presents his experiences and begins with his stint in the Peace Corps from 1964-1966. From 1957-1960, Steven served in the Air Force. After his discharge, Steven was employed by USAID to assist refugees and provide public health operations in Vietnam. Steven's latter years consisted of many business ventures and finance positions that shaped his career as a whole. His detailed accounts of each project serve as a backdrop for the emotional and physical tolls that the undertakings forced on him. Steven suffered shrapnel wounds, hostage and near-death situations, contracting in modern war-torn countries in the heat of the conflicts, and more travel than anyone could ever dream of completing in a lifetime. The Perennial Wanderer: An American in the World is a comprehensive depiction of a husband, businessman, and, ultimately, a thrill-seeker who could never get enough of the world.
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