- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (November 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450270697
- ISBN-13: 978-1450270694
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Peace Corps Chronology; 1961-2010
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Excerpt from Peace Corps Worldwide Review by P. David Searles
A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN FIFTY YEARS. Lihosit has carefully sifted through an immense cache of Peace Corps data from a wide variety of sources and gives a detailed account of the critical happenings -- year by year, decade by decade -- from 1961 to the present.
From the Author
EXCERPT FROM INTERVIEW WITH JOHN COYNE OF PEACE CORPS WORLDWIDE
Why did you spend time and energy and your own money on this book?
Why? I guess because I am the great grandson of a coal miner, the grandson of a coal miner turned machinist, the son of a truck driver turned salesman. Everything I have accomplished was possible by standing on their shoulders while they stood firmly in the U.S.A. There are debts to be paid and thanks to be given. This project is just a small token of my appreciation to a government which permitted me the opportunity to swap work for adventure.
Do you think your book will help the Peace Corps do a better job?
The book is meant to be a tiny note among volumes, a forget-me-not.
One last question, how do we get a copy of Peace Corps Chronology: 1961-2010?
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Later I worked in Micronesia on the island of Yap. The chronology does not mention a group of Peace Corps attornies who were brought home because they began to represent islanders whose property was appropriated or destroyed by the US military. If special and protected American interests are challenged, our goodwill and support go out the window. What hypocrites we are.
The book will be read in two ways. The first, and this is probably what most of us will immediately do, is check out what he has included from our years with the Peace Corps. For me that meant 1971-76, and I say he got the important points very well. Of course, I would have preferred that he include far more details from that period (as we all would for our own years) but we can do that for ourselves.
The second way - and this is of more importance - is to use the material in the book to track both the significant changes that have occurred over fifty years and the matters that have remained untouched throughout that same time period. Some of the changes he records are remarkable. The ratio of men to women volunteers is now the reverse of what it was in the beginning. Volunteer isolation in remote work sites - the norm early on - has been alleviated dramatically by the advent of new communications technologies. An unheard of health problem in my time (HIV/AIDS) has become both a significant personal concern and a valuable and much appreciated area of volunteer work. Happily, Lihosit's data indicate that at long last the very worrisome problem of early terminations has lessened. Readers will find evidence of any number of similarly important changes - as one would expect over fifty years - and then be able to puzzle over whether or not the changes are good or bad.
On the other hand, it is a bit disturbing to learn that some of the major problems encountered in the early years remain. The Peace Corps still struggles with the question of how best to recruit, train, and support volunteers. The Federal Government has more often than not failed to provide adequate budgets for the Peace Corps. Too often staff appointments reflect political connections, rather than a person's personal commitment to `making the world a better place.' The merits of the five-year rule continue to be hotly debated, and often ignored, despite an open and shut case for it, in my opinion. Perhaps the most disturbing fact that Lihosit has produced is that the Washington-based bureaucracy now sucks up a much greater portion of the Agency's resources than it has done historically. The growth in Washington staff alone is enough to make a fellow think seriously about becoming a Tea-Partier!
Hopefully, the preceding paragraphs will show just how valuable, and thought-provoking, Lihosit's book can be. I have barely touched upon all of the important issues it raises, and what is considered important will probably be different for each of us. We all tend to see things our own way, but now we have some facts to go on thanks to the author's many months of diligent research. I want to especially point out the usefulness of the tables and charts he has included in the book. As they say, a picture is often worth a thousand words.
In the Preface Lihosit makes a strong case for the establishment of a permanent home for Peace Corps material such as books (including self-published ones), personal memoirs, official documents, photos, art - everything and anything that has a Peace Corps connection. He favors housing the collection at the Library of Congress, which seems right to me. Elsewhere he makes another strong case for doing something to combat the rising tide of violence directed at volunteers, especially women. This also seems right, although I'm not sure that some of his specific recommendations are wise. (Issuing pepper spray to women and training them in combat judo hardly seem in keeping with Peace Corps traditions.)
Finally, Lihosit has dedicated his book to the volunteers who have given their lives in Peace Corps service. This is a fine gesture, and, in fact, is a belated recognition of an occurrence which has been far more common than most of us realized.
Let me simply say "Buy this book." Doing so will arm you with the information you need to be a fully informed member of the Peace Corps family.
After talking with other Peace Corps devotees, what value issues had surfaced? Are we as Alexis de Tocqueville had distilled, still a nation of volunteers? Or have we become an ant farm culture engrossed in our internal pathways? This book points to some intriguing issues: like volunteer's political activism during the Vietnam era, a re-focus on a volunteer's experience vs. simply their education, a rise in the number of Americans over age fifty serving in the Peace Corps, also an increase in the percentage of women in the corps.
This author's issues direct our thoughts to Peace Corps program essentials like the length of language and cross-cultural training for a successful tour, important safety issues, sexual assaults mostly of young women (suggesting self defense training, and buddy system in outlying areas) and finally, safety concerns of vehicle/motorcycle accidents as the number one cause of Peace Corps volunteer deaths.
Lawrence Lihosit has economized fifty years of Peace Corps happenings, and issues from over a hundred sources into a hundred-page sprint while you glimpse the road traveled. As Mr. Lihosit notes, President George H. Bush stated, "The Peace Corps built its reputation the old fashioned way, step by step, village by village, family by family, bringing the world a bit closer one friendship at a time."
If the Peace Corps is in your past or in your future, this should be a part of your present!