Peace Corps: 50 Years of America’s Best
But it is something. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have been a strong force in keeping us from growing too closed, as a nation, too grasping, too self-centered. They have insisted to their fellow Americans that the world is a large and intricate place, with room for attitudes that, though foreign to American ways of thought, can be just as legitimate, just as positive.
Editing the Africa volume of the series commemorating the anniversary, I’ve learned much more about Peace Corps, about Americans, and about people than I thought I ever could through that type of work. The book, which is available for pre-order at Amazon.com (it should ship within the next two weeks), developed into a single narrative though it is made up of more than sixty essays by RPCVs. Called One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories, it is a project I am extremely proud to be associated with.
The is the first of four volumes, all of which will be available in the next few months. Even if you were not yourself a PCV, and never even met one, the books will entrance you. They show America at its best, but without hiding the problems and failures that always accompany success.
Here’s the cover:
Order the book! You won’t be disappointed.
And here, just as a small part of the 50th anniversary celebration, are a few of the pictures I have posted over the years, pictures taken with my camera when I was a PCV in Togo, 1988 to 1990 (that’s me, plowing, in the third one):