1964 Peace Corps Book Locker

In mid-May John wrote about the “Fabulous Peace Corps Locker” — Part I, Part II and Part III. For a time Jack Prebis (Ethiopia 1962–64) was in charge of selecting the books for the Book Locker and he shared with us the list of books provided to new PCVs in 1964.



American Classics
Democracy – Henry Adams
The Good Earth – Pearl Buck
Red Badge of Courage & Four Stories – Stephen Crane
Pulitzer Prize Reader – Leo Hamalian & Edmond L Volpe
Outcasts of Poker Flat & Other Tales – Bret Harte
The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Four Million & Other Stories – O. Henry
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
Turn of the Screw & Daisy Miller – Henry James
Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
Call of the Wild & White Fang – Jack London
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Tales – Edgar Allan Poe
My Life and Hard Times – James Thurber
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Three Plays – Thornton Wilder
The Virginian – Owen Wister

International Classics
Don Quixote -, Miguel de Cervantes
Three Novels (Heart of Darkness, Youth, & Typhoon) – Joseph Conrad
Fifty Great Short Stories – Milton Crane, ed.
Great Stories of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Night Flight – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Four Tragedies (Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar) – William Shakespeare
Four Comedies (The Tempest, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It) – William Shakespeare
The Red and the Black – Stendhal
Gulliver’ Travels – Johnathan Swift
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne
Invisible Man & War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

American Current
The Olympians – Guy Bolton
Return to Laughter – Eleanor Smith Bowen
Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
Twenty Notches – Max Brand
Diecast – Michael Brett
First Love and Other Sorrows – Harold Brodkey
The Track of the Cat – Walter van Tilburg Clark
The Duke – William R. Cox
The Night of the Tiger – Al Dewlen
No Next of Kin – Doris Miles Disney
Invisible Man –  Ralph Ellison
Citizen Tom Paine – Howard Fast
The Hamlet – William Faulkner
Shiloh – Shelby Foote
A Single Pebble – John Hersey
The Valley – Clifford Irving
America America – Elia Kazan
In This Corner . . . Dennis the Menace – Hank Ketcham
May This House be Save from Tigers – Alexander King
A Century of the Best Science Fictionv Damon Knight
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Company She Keeps – Mary McCarthy
Above Suspicion – Helen MacInnes
The Sand Pebbles – Richard McKenna
The Year’s Best science Fiction – Judith Merril, ed.
Ceremony in Lone Tree – Wright Morris
The Edge of Sadness – Edwin O’Connor
Sermons and Sodawater – John O’Hara
The Leaning Tower & Other Stories – Katherine Anne Porter
Mourt D’Urban – J. F. Powers
The King Must Die – Mary Renault
The Wall – Mary Roberts Rinehart
Lydia Bailey – Kenneth Roberts
Arundel – Kenneth Roberts
Nine Stories – J. D. Salinger
Two Weeks in Another Town – Irwin Shaw
Journey Beyond Tomorrow – Robert Sheckley
Bold Rider – Luke Short
Bounty Guns – Luke Short
The Winter of Our Disconten – John Steinbeck
Famous American Plays of the 50’s – Lee Strasberg, ed.
Three by Gor Vidal – Gore Vidal
Through the Fields of Clover – Peter de Vries
All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
The Cave – Robert Penn Warren
South of the Angels – Jessamyn West
Shoe’s of the Fisherman – Morris L. West
Window on the Squarev Phyllis A. Whitney
Summer and Smoke – Tennessee Williams
The Sweet bird of Youth – Tennessee Williams

International Current
The New Life – Fyodor Abramov
The Burden – Agatha Christie
The Quarry – Friedrich Deurrerment
Thunderball – Ian Fleming
Roots in Heaven – Romain Gary
The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
The Burnt-Out Case – Graham Greene
Zorba, the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
Belle de Jour – Joseph Kessel
Barabbas – Par Lagerkvist
The Leopard – Giuseppe di Lampedusa
Nectar in a Sieve – Kamala Markandaya
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
The Mountain Is Young – Han Suyin
The Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey
Add A Dash of Pity – Peter Ustinov


Frost’s Poems – Robert Frost
New Pocket Anthology of American Verse – Oscar Williams, ed.

The Odyssey – Homer
One Hundred Modern Poems – Selden Rodman, ed
Story Poems – Louis Untermeyer, ed.


Twenty Years at Hull House – Jane Addams
Satchmo – Louis Armstrong
Yankee from Olympus – Catherine D. Bowen


American Studies
The Conservative Papers, 1964
A Time For Action – Lyndon B. Johnson
The Negro Revolution in America – William Brink & Lou Harris
Image of America – R. L. Bruckberger
America in perspective – Henry S. Commager
The Uprooted – Oscar Handlin
The Other America – Michael Harrington
Protestant, Catholic, and Jew – Will Herberg
Stride Toward Freedom – Martin Luther King
The Best of Red Smith – Red Smith
Walden & Essay on Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau
Notes of A Native Son – James Baldwin
The Living Thoughts of Ralph Waldo Emerson – Edgar Lee Masters, ed.
Nobody Knows My Name – James Baldwin
You’re Entitle’ – Harry Golden
Automation: Its Impact on Business and People – Walter Buckingham
Capitalism and Freedom – Milton Friedman
The Affluent Society – John Kenneth Galbraith
American Labor – Henry Pelling

International Studies
Patterns of Culture – Ruth Benedict
Cultural Patterns and Technical Change – Margaret Mead
The Silent Language – Edward T. Hall
Midcentury Journey – William L. Shirer
The Longest Day – Cornelius Ryan
The U.N. and How It Works – David C. Coyle
New Nations in a Divided World – Kurt London, ed.

The Universe and Doctor Einstein – Lincoln Barnett
Satellites, Rockets, and Outer Space – Willy Ley
Rats, Lice, and History – Hans Zinnser
Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
The Forest and the Sea – Marston Bates
Our Emerging Universe – Allan Broms
The Earth & Its Atmosphere – D. R. Bates

The Greek Way to Civilization – Edith Hamilton
Pictorial History of Western Art – Erwin L. Christenson
Those Crazy Mixed-Up Kids – Harold Dunn
Music and Imagination – Aaron Copland
The Story of Philosophy – Will Durant
Burl Ives Songbook – Burl Ives
Crossword Puzzles – Kathleen Rafferty, ed.


Thorndike-Barnhart Handy Dictionary
New American Roget’s College Thesaurus
Information Please Almanac
Adult Physical Fitness
Free and Inexpensive Learning Materials, George Peabody’s Teachers’ College
Baby and Child Care, Benjamin Spock
Physical Education Activities Sports & Games – Louis Means
New American Guide to Colleges – Gene R. Hawes
New American Guide to Scholarships – John Bradley
Intercom, Vol 3, No. 2, “Careers in World Affairs” – Foreign Policy Assn, World Affairs Center
U.S. Civil Service Commission Pamphlets

Map of the world (English or Spanish)
Carte Internationale du Monde
Comparative World Atlas
Atlas Moderno Universal

Regional Maps
Map of Latin America (English or Spanish)
Map of Africa (English)
Map of Asia (English)


Classics Illustrated
Abraham Lincoln
Black Beauty
Man without a Country
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Tell
Knights of the Round Table
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Elves and Shoemaker
Crossing the Rockies
Prehistoric World
To the Stars
The Story of Great Scientists
The Story of Communications
The Story of Flight
The Story of Festivals

Ladder Editions [The Ladder Edition of books are specially prepared editions of well-known American books. They have been made easier to read for the enjoyment of readers for whom English is a second language. The series is built on a “ladder” of five steps from 1,000 to 5,000 different English words. The books have been shortened, but they keep the ideas, facts, and pleasures found in them by American readers.]

Science for Tomorrow – F. Reinfold
Woodrow Wilson – Adm. C. T. Grayson
Teacher of Light – H. E. Waite
Miracle in the Hills – Mary T. M. Sloop
Steps to the Stars – E. R. Schnissler
That Dunbar Boy – Jean Gould
Restless Spirit – Edna St. Vincent Millay
Man Who Conquered Pain – G. S. Woodward
Simple, Honorable Man – Conrad Richter
Workshops for the World – D. Beckel & F. Lee
Trumpeter’s Tale: Louis Armstrong – J. Eaton
Land of Plenty – W. McMillen
The Bear, Ship of Many Lives – S. F. Rapaport

People in Livingston: A Reader for Adults Learning English – Virginia French Allen
English as a Second Language: From Theory to Practice – Dr. Mary Finocchario


Africa – in English
Government of Politics in Northern Africa – I. William Zartman
Tropical Africa, Vol I: Land and Livelihood – George N. T. Kimble
Tropical Africa, Vol II: Society and Policy – George N. T. Kimble
Lost Cities of Africa – Basil Davidson
Africa: The Politics of Independence – Immanuel Wallerstein
Pan Africanism – Colin Legum
African Profiles – Ronald Segal
African Independence – Peter Judd, ed.
The Politics of African Nationalism – George W. Shepherd
An Introduction to the History of West Africa – J. D. Fage
French-Speaking West Africa: From Colonnial Status to Independence – Philip Neres
Africa’s Quest for Order – Fred G. Burke
The Palm-Wind Drinkard – Amos Tutuola
Mister Johnson – Joyce Cary
Modern Poetry from Africa, – Gerald Moore & Ulli Beier, eds.
White Nile – Alan Moorehead
First Congress of Black Writers and Artists, Vol. I: The Unity of African Cultures (To be procured overseas)
The African Child – Camara Laye (To be procured overseas)
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (To be procured overseas)

Far East – in English
The Future of Underdeveloped Countries – Eugene Staley
Southeast Asia and the World Today – Claude A. Buss
The Origins of Oriental Civilization – Walter A. Fairservis, Jr.
Nationalism – Elie Kedourie
A Treasury of Modern Asian Stories – William Clifford & Daniel E. Milton, eds.
The Meaning of the Glorius Koran – Mohammed M. Pickthall
A Treasury of Asian Literature – John P Hohannan, ed.
Blossoms in the Dust – Kusim Nair
Southeast Asia in U. S. Policy – Russell H. Fifield
The Financial Expert – R. K. Narayan
The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha – E. A. Burtt, ed.
Communist China and Asia – A. Doak Barnett
The Needs of Asia in Primary Education – UNESCO
Asia in the Modern World – Helen G. Matthew, ed.
The Sayings of Confucius – James R. Ware, ed.
The Blue of Capricorn – Eugene Burdick

Latin America – in English
Government and Politics in Latin America – R. A. Gomez
Social Change in Latin America Today – Lyman Bryson
Latin America: Diplomacy and Reality – Adolph Berle
Child of the Dark – Carolina Maria de Jesus
Children of Sanches – Oscar Lewis
Today’s Latin America – Robert J. Alexander
The Fall of the Spanish American Empire – Salvadore de Madagiaga
Winds of Revolution – Tad Szulc
Five Families – Oscar Lewis
The Village That Chose Progress: Chan Kom Revisited – Robert Redfiled
Quarterly Rural Youth Bulletin – Ford (Spanish & Portuguese eds)
La Marcha de la Alianza Para El Progreso – Pan American Union
El Sistema Inter-Americano – Pan American Union
Banderas Y Escudos de Las Republicas Americanas – Pan American Union
The Power of the Democratic Idea (to be distributed in country)
Abraao Lincoln – Armand Correia Pacheco, ed. (Brazil only)

Near East/South Asia
The Song of God: Bhagavad-Gita – Swami Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood
Short History of India & Pakistan – T. Walter Wallbawl
A Treasury of Modern Asian Stories – Daniel L. Milton & William Clifford, eds.
Ghandi – Louis Fischer
Discovery of India – JawaharlalNehru
Financial Expert – R. K. Narayan
Needs of Asia in Primary Education – USESCO
Interplay of East and West – Barbara Ward
Caste Today – Taya Zinkin
Short History of the Middle Eas – George E. Kirk
Train to Pakistan (Mano Majra) – Kushwant Singh
Birth of Civilization in the Near East – Henri Frankfort
Arabs: Short History – Phillip K. Hitti
Islam and the West – Phillip K. Hitti
Behind Myd Walls – William & Charlotte Wiser
Government and Politics of the Middle East – Maurice Harari
Blossoms in the Dust – Kusim Nair
Kim – Rudyard Kipling
The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha – E. A. Burtt, ed.
A Treasury of Asian Literature – John D. Hohannan, ed.
The Meaning of the Glorious Koran – Mohammed M. Pickthall

North Africa
Government and Politics of the Middle East – Maurice Harari Blossoms in the Dust – Kusim Nair
Interplay of East and West – Barbara Ward
Government and Politics in Northern Africa – I. William Zartman
Short History of the Middle East – George E. Kirk
Birth of Civilization in the Near East – Henri Frankfort
Arabs: Short History – Phillip K. Hitti
Islam and the West – Phillip K. Hitti
The Meaning of the Glorious Koran – Mohammed M. Pickthall


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