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  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0807050490
  • Item Weight : 567 g
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0807050491
  • Publisher : Beacon Press (Feb. 22 2011)
  • Product Dimensions : 15.95 x 2.72 x 23.83 cm
  • Language: : English
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“Recommended. For general readers, but should be owned by all academic as well as public libraries.“—CHOICE

“The Peace Corps has always been poorly understood by Americans, and even its Volunteers rarely know much about the agency’s founding and development.  When the World Calls is an instructive, thorough, and fascinating history."—Peter Hessler, New Yorker staff writer, journalist, and author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
“A thoughtful, balanced story of a program that captured the spirit of America. My Peace Corps service defined me and thousands of others who had the privilege of serving.”—Donna E. Shalala, president, University of Miami, and former secretary of Health and Human Services
“This is a wonderful portrait of the Peace Corps, its tangled history, its people, and its mission. It is a timely reminder of how it is possible to bring hope and change to the world. Stanley Meisler—a distinguished foreign correspondent—is just the man to tell this story.”—Paul Theroux
“Stanley Meisler delivers an enlightened and engaging narrative of President Kennedy’s ‘most enduring legacy’—the Peace Corps. With humor and a historian’s eye for telling detail, he carries us through this remarkable organization’s fifty years of history and leaves us convinced that 200,000 Volunteers really did make a difference in the world.”—David Lamb, long-time Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent and author of Vietnam Now: A Reporter Returns
“Stanley Meisler is a gifted writer—and one who knows the Peace Corps well, both from his work there in the early years and his decades as a foreign correspondent. This book is full of insights and great anecdotes. It is wonderful history, wonderfully told.”—James Mann, author-in-residence, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and author of Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet

About the Author

Stanley Meisler, the author of two other books, was a foreign and diplomatic correspondent for the Los Angeles Times for three decades. He was also deputy director of the Peace Corps’s Office of Evaluation and Research in the mid-1960s. Meisler, who lives in Washington, D.C., has written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, the Nation, and Smithsonian, and periodically posts news commentaries on his Web site.

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5.0 out of 5 stars RPCV Approved!
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review of the Peace Corps
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkably detailed, well-written, and absorbing story of the Peace Corps
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