Archive - November 3, 2013

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Review of Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968) JFK's Last Hundred Days
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Peace Corps Writers publishes LITTLE WOMEN OF BAGLAN by Susan Fox

Review of Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968) JFK's Last Hundred Days

JFK’s Last Hundred Days The Transformation of a Man and The Emergence of a Great President by Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968) The Penguin Press, New York 415 pages August 2013 $29.95 Reviewed by Bonnie Lee Black (Gabon 1996-98) “That’s the trouble with all you historians!” JFK railed at his aide Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who had praised FDR effusively in his New Deal trilogy. “You made all those New Dealers seven feet tall. They weren’t that good. They were just a bunch of guys like us.”                                                                                                                         — JFK’s Last Hundred Days In this his newest book, Thurston Clarke focuses on the three months leading up to John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s assassination at the age of 46, fifty years ago this month. Clarke, author of eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, paints an honest portrait of the fascinating, complex, and elusive man who served less than two years of his . . .

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Peace Corps Writers publishes LITTLE WOMEN OF BAGLAN by Susan Fox

Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban is the true account of Joanne – Jo – Carter  who answers the call to service and adventure during an extraordinary time in world history. Her story rivals the excitement, intrigue, and suspense of any novel, unfolding against the backdrop of changing social mores, the Cold War, the Peace Corps, and a country at the crossroads of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran. When John F. Kennedy delivers a speech in the Senate Chambers on a hot July day in 1957, a young  Jo Carter listens from the Senate gallery. In 1967 Jo remembers the now-deceased President Kennedy’s words and is inspired to join the Peace Corps. As a new Peace Corps Volunteer she flies into Afghanistan on March 21, 1968 with her training group. From her plane . . .

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