When the World Calls

The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years

By Stanley Meisler
(Beacon Press (MA), Paperback, 9780807050514, 272pp.)

Publication Date: February 7, 2012

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When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years. Revelatory and candid, journalist Stanley Meisler’s engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers’ unique struggles abroad. He deftly unpacks the complicated history with sharp analysis and memorable anecdotes, taking readers on a global trek starting with the historic first contingent of Volunteers to Ghana on August 30, 1961. In the years since, in spite of setbacks, the ethos of the Peace Corps has endured, largely due to the perseverance of the 200,000 Volunteers themselves, whose shared commitment to effect positive global change has been a constant in one of our most complex—and valued—institutions.




About the Author
Stanley Meisler is an emeritus foreign correspondent for the "Los Angeles Times". He is a distant relation (by marriage) of Chaim Soutine and has written several articles on Soutine and the School of Paris for the Smithsonian and the" Los Angeles Times". He lives in Washington, DC.
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