New books by Peace Corps writers — March-April-May 2019


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Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War

Thurston Clarke (Tunisia 1968)
Doubleday Publisher
448 pages
May 2019
$ 19.49 (Hardback), $14.99 (Kindle)

A groundbreaking revisionist history of the last days of the Vietnam War that reveals the acts of American heroism that saved more than one hundred thousand South Vietnamese from communist revenge.

The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution
Peter Hessler
Text Publishing
480 pages
May, 2019
$19.24 (Kindle)


Through the lives of ordinary Egyptians, Hessler creates a richly textured portrait of a revolution and the people swept up in it, drawing connections between contemporary politics and the ancient past. 

Europe By Bus: 50 Bus Trips and City Visits
Steve Kaffen (Russia 1994-96)
371 pages
SK Journeys Publisher
May 2019
Paperback $16.00

Informative, joyous, and lots of fun, with wonderful photographs and valuable tips makes the book a fascinating story and an excellent planning tool.

The Perfect Alibi: A Novel
Philip Margolin (Liberia 1965-67)
Minotaur Books
306 pages
May, 2019
$9.99 (paperback), $27.99 (hard cover), $14.99 (Kindle), $14.69 (audiobook)

Young lawyer Robin Lockwood takes on two cases that include murder, rape, DNA confusion and stalking — and they might be related.

Be Steadfast: A Peace Corps Journey in Sierra Leone
By Bryan J. Meeker (Sierra Leone 2011-13)
361 pages
March 2019
$9.99 (paperback)

Be Steadfast is a deeply personal memoir of a Peace Corps’ volunteer’s service in Sierra Leone. Absent during the decade-long devastating conflict, the Peace Corps returned in 2010 as a symbol of unity and progress.

In the Amber Chamber: Stories
Carrie  Messenger (Moldova 1994–96)
Brighthorse Books
260 pages
August, 2018
$16.95 (paperback)

In the Amber Chamber combines dark fairy tales with disturbing history: a dust bowl, some famine, and some dessert.

Conversations With US – Great Lakes States:
Two Wheels, Fifty States, Hundreds of Voices – One America
Chris Register (El Salvador 2001–03)
Spoke & Word Books
280 pages
$22.00 (flexibound)

Conversations With US — Great Lakes States is the first in a series of books recounting how one man’s 16,000 mile, pedal-powered journey through the United States weaves together nearly 400 Americans and their diverse views on what makes us a nation.

Bad News from a Black Coast
Moritz Thomsen (Ecuador 1965-67)
Independently Published
370 pages
$12.00 (paperback)


A fifth book by Moritz Thomsen has been found, and published . . . enough said!

Coming of Age in El Salvador
Jim  Winship (El Salvador 1970–72)
Verdada Press
228 pages
$16.95 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle)

Understanding  El Salvador.



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