Archive - January 30, 2013

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JFK Creates The Peace Corps
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Review of R J Huddy's (Morocco 1981-83) Death to the Rescue: A Twisting Creek Mystery

JFK Creates The Peace Corps

[Over the next month or so–as we reach the anniversary of the Peace Corps–I thought I might relate some tales of how the Peace Corps was established. Let’s begin with Kennedy and his involvement in the agency that he would create, and what many people think was his greatest achievement, and which all of you were part of making a reality.] Kennedy Learns about the Peace Corps JFK’s first direct association with the Peace Corps came on February 21, 1960. He was on a college television show called “College News Conference” and someone asked about the “Point Four Youth Corps.” Kennedy said he didn’t know what the legislative proposal was. Afterwards, he told aide Richard Goodwin to research the idea. Goodwin, who was the Kennedy link with the “brain trust” at Harvard, wrote to Archibald Cox at the university’s law school about the idea. Then in April and May of . . .

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Review of R J Huddy's (Morocco 1981-83) Death to the Rescue: A Twisting Creek Mystery

Death to the Rescue: A Twisting Creek Mystery by R J Huddy (Morocco 1981-83) A Peace Corps Writers Book $15.95 (paperback); $.99 (Kindle) 329 pages October  2012 Reviewed by P. David Searles (CD Philippines & PC/HQ 1971-76) When the USPS dropped off R J Huddy’s Death to the Rescue I was well into reading Jon Meacham’s recent biography of Thomas Jefferson, a work that has been highly praised and is essential reading for anyone who wants to consider himself well read.  I decided to take a short break from it and sample this new book.  Within 20 pages I had concluded “Sorry, Jon, Jefferson is going to have to wait!  It’s a bit like homework, whereas Death is fun.  Huddy’s story is centered around the murder of a prim and proper single woman – a bank loan officer and Sunday School teacher – by, all of the evidence strongly suggests, . . .

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