First Peace Corps Books, Pamphlets & A Play, A Book of Photos & A RPCV Memoir!

In case you’re wondering (or want to do your PHD on the Peace Corps) the first books and pamphlets on the agency in the first five years came out in 1961. There were four published that year. In 1962 one play was produced; 1963 had five more books in print; 1964 six books; three in 1965. They are:


An International Peace Corps: The Promise and Problems, by Samuel P. Hayes published by Public Affairs Institute. It cost $1.00 (1961)

Complete Peace Corps Guide, by Ray Hoopes, with an intnroduction by R. Sargent Shriver published by Dial Press. It cost $3.50. (1961)

New Frontiers for American Youth: Perspective on the Peace Corps by Maurice L. Albertson, Andrew E. Rice and Pauline E. Birkey published by Public Affairs Press. It cost $4.50. (1961)

Peace Corps: Who, How and Where by Charles E. Wingenbach, with a foreword by Hubert H. Humphrey published by John Day Company. It cost $1.50. (1961)


Peace Corps Girls: A Play in Three Acts by David Rogers published by Dramatic Publishing Co. It cost $1.00. (1962)


Breaking the Bonds. A Novel About the Peace Corps by Sharon Spencer published by Tempo Books, Grosset & Dunlap. It cost $.50. (1963)

Hidden Force by Francis W. Godwin, Richard N. Goodwin and William F. Haddad, with a foreword by R. Sargent Shriver published by Harper & Row. It cost $3.95. (1963)

Peace Corps by Glenn D. Kittle, with an introduction by R. Sargent Shriver published by Paperback Library. It cost. $.50. (1963)

U.S. Peace Corps: The Challenge of Good Will by Susan Whittlesey published by Coward-McCann. It cost $2.95. (1963)


Letters From the Peace Corps edited by Iris Luce and published by David McKay Company. It cost $2.95. (1964)

Peace Corps by Pauline Madow published by H.W. Wilson Company. It cost $3.00. (1964)

Peace Corps in Action by Velma Adams published by Follett Publishing Company. It cost $5.95. (1964)

Point of the Lanceby R. Sargent Shriver published by Harper & Row. It cost $4.95. (1964)

Sargent Shriver: A Candid Portrait by Robert A. Liston published by Farrar, Straus & Company. It cost $4.50.

Story of the Peace Corps by George Sullivan, with an introduction by R. Sargent Shriver published by Fleet Publishing Corporation. It cost $3.50. (1964)


Peace Corps: Who, How and Where, revised edition by Charles E. Wingenbach and published by McGraw-Hill Publishing. It cost $1.95. (1965)

The Peace Corps A Pictorial History, Edited by Aaron J. Ezickson with an Introduction by Sargent Shriver and published by Hill and Wang. It cost $6.95.

[The photographs for this book were taken (mostly) by the two early and great in-house photographers of the agency: Paul Conklin and Rowland Scherman.]

To The Peace Corps with Love by Arnold Zeitlin (Ghana 1961-63) published by Doubleday. It cost $4.95. (1985)

 [This was was first book published by an RPCV about life in the Peace Corps.]

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