Archive - February 27, 2012

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If The Ambassador says, “GO,” and The Peace Corps Director says, “NO” Leaving El Salvador 1979-80 Part Three
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Mass Market Paperback Sales Down Nearly 41%

If The Ambassador says, “GO,” and The Peace Corps Director says, “NO” Leaving El Salvador 1979-80 Part Three

  The memo to the State Department, December 18, 1979,  (DNSA/GWU, Collection: El Salvador – The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977 – 1984. Item Number: ES00326) TO:  Brandon Grove, Deputy Assistant Secretary, ARA FROM:  Richard Celeste, Director, PC SUBJECT;  Peace Corps Presence in El Salvador I have not seen the most recent cables from El Salvador, but it is my understanding that Ambassador Devine first recommended that the Peace Corps reduce its presence in El Salvador to 10 PCVs and 4 or 5 FSN staff members, and that he has subsequently recommended the complete withdrawal of Peace Corps. Although I have asked that Paul Bell continue to discuss this issue with you and Brewster Hemmenway, I do want you to know that I have not agreed to either the “draw-down” to 10 Volunteers, or to the total withdrawal of the Peace Corps from El Salvador, and I intend to appeal . . .

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Mass Market Paperback Sales Down Nearly 41%

[RPCV Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000-02) is the editor of the important industry page, GalleyCat, which is part of mediabistro.com site. If you write, and or you are interested in publishing, you need to check out this site. Jason writes today a timely piece on the state of book pubishing.] “According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) net sales revenue report for December, adult mass market paperback sales dropped 40.9 percent compared to the same period the year before. Overall trade sales declined almost three percent, dipping from $561.3 million to $545.1 million. “Overall trade book sales saw a four percent drop and mass market paperback sales declined nearly 36 percent for the year. While eBook sales increased 117 percent last year, they still have not closed the gap with declining print sales. “Here’s more from the release: “The December report represents data provided by 77 publishers and only sales of the . . .

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