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Confessions of A Renegade: Peace Corps Years

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ISBN: 9788121212328    Publisher: Gyan Publishing House Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 324        Language: English
Description About The Author:- Eddie James Girdner was inculcated into the idiocy of rural life at an early age in North Missouri. After his Great Escape to the University of Missouri, and a degree in Physics,...Read more
Description About The Author:- Eddie James Girdner was inculcated into the idiocy of rural life at an early age in North Missouri. After his Great Escape to the University of Missouri, and a degree in Physics, he served as an American Peace Corps Volunteer in Punjab, India (1968-1970), then became a sailor in the US Navy for five years. He earned a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught political science in the United States, Cyprus and Turkey for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of several books, including Killing Me Softly: Toxic Waste, Corporate Profit and the Struggle for Environmental Justice (2003); USA and the New Middle East ( 2 0 0 8 ) ; S o c i a l i s m , S a r v o d a y a a n d Democracy (2013); and Global Political Economy (2014). He has also written two novels, Sweet Home, Mississippi and The Business Model. He lives in Fethiye and Izmir Turkey.Contents:- Contents: Abbreviations 7: Glossary of Terms 9: Synopsis 17: Preface 19: Acknowledgements 21: Introduction 23: 1. Dodging Bullets 29: 2. New Way of Life 35: 3. Cornucopia of Chaos 45: 4. School of Hard Knocks 49: 5. Under the Stars 57: 6. Punjabi Tea 63: 7. The Idiocy of Rural Life 73: 8. Kismet 79: 9. Impostor 87: 10. Mahail Gaila 97: 11. My Cook 107: 12. Halloween 113: 13. The Librarian 119: 14. Male Chastity Belt 125: 6 Confessions of a Renegade Peace Corps Years: 15. Bread Basket 133: 16. Fall Dreaming 139: 17. Shoulder to the Plow 147: 18. Hill Billy from Punjab 153: 19. Great Leap Forward 159: 20. Bus Madness 167: 21. Picnic on the Sutlej 177: 22. Soybeans 183: 23. Punjabi Wedding 187: 24. Punjabi Village 191: 25. Duniya 203: 26. School Partnership 209: 27. Crooked Trail 213: 28. Darshan Singh Pheruman 223: 29. Dussehra Festival 229: 30. Diwali 239: 31. A Pain in the Ass 247: 32. Indian Journey 253: 33. Kissan Mela 269: 34. New York Restaurant 275: 35. Final Days 285: 36. Chakwal 291: 37. Farewell Punjab 295: 38. Across the Kali Pani 299: 39. Afterward: Grass Roots Leader 307: Post Script Once a Renegade, Always a Renegade 311: Index 313About The Book:- The American Peace Corps Was A Program Of President John F. Kennedy. It Sent Mostly Young Idealistic American Youths To Developing Countries Around The World To Work In Various Development Oriented Programs For A Period Of Two Years. The Program Operated In India From 1961 Until 1976. India Was A Major Country For The Peace Corps And Several Groups Of Volunteers Worked In Agricultural Development Programs In Punjab. This Book Is The Story Of One American Peace Corps Volunteer Who Lived And Worked In Banga Block Of Jalandhar District In Punjab. The Group Was India 53 Which Arrived In India In June 1968. After Additional Training At The Gram Sevak Training Center In Batala, The 23 Volunteers In The Group Were Sent To Different Development Blocks In Jalandhar And Kapurthala Districts. Projects Included New High Yielding Varieties Of Wheat, Rice And Other Crops. It Was Also A Time When Farmers In Punjab Were Being Encouraged To Grow Soyabeans As An Alternative To Rice In The Summer Season. Perhaps The Cultural Exchange Aspects Of The Peace Corps Were Equally If Not More Important Than The Technical Aspects. Volunteers Made Many Friends In The Villages Where They Lived And The Surrounding Areas. Indians Learned Something About Americans And The Volunteers Learned A Vast Amount About India And Their Local Area. This Changed The Lives Of Many Young Americans And Greatly Enriched The United States In Terms Of Having Citizens Knowledgeable About Distant And Remote Parts Of The World. Unfortunately, The United States Congress Was Not Willing To Spend Much Money On Such An Enterprise. While Vast Amounts Of Money Went Into The Us Military, The Peace Corps Was Run On A Shoe String. It Is Probably One Of The Cheapest Programs Ever Launched By The Us Government., About The Author:- Eddie James Girdner Was Inculcated Into The Idiocy Of Rural Life At An Early Age In North Missouri. After His Great Escape To The University Of Missouri, And A Degree In Physics, He Served As An American Peace Corps Volunteer In Punjab, India (1968-1970), Then Became A Sailor In The Us Navy For Five Years. He Earned A Doctorate Degree In Political Science From The University Of California, Santa Barbara. He Has Taught Political Science In The United States, Cyprus And Turkey For More Than Twenty-Five Years. He Is The Author Of Several Books, Including Killing Me Softly: Toxic Waste, Corporate Profit And The Struggle For Environmental Justice (2003); Usa And The New Middle East ( 2 0 0 8 ) ; S O C I A L I S M , S A R V O D A Y A A N D Democracy (2013); And Global Political Economy (2014). He Has Also Written Two Novels, Sweet Home, Mississippi And The Business Model. He Lives In Fethiye And Izmir Turkey., Content:- Abbreviations 7: Glossary Of Terms 9: Synopsis 17: Preface 19: Acknowledgements 21: Introduction 23: 1. Dodging Bullets 29: 2. New Way Of Life 35: 3. Cornucopia Of Chaos 45: 4. School Of Hard Knocks 49: 5. Under The Stars 57: 6. Punjabi Tea 63: 7. The Idiocy Of Rural Life 73: 8. Kismet 79: 9. Impostor 87: 10. Mahail Gaila 97: 11. My Cook 107: 12. Halloween 113: 13. The Librarian 119: 14. Male Chastity Belt 125: 6 Confessions Of A Renegade Peace Corps Years: 15. Bread Basket 133: 16. Fall Dreaming 139: 17. Shoulder To The Plow 147: 18. Hill Billy From Punjab 153: 19. Great Leap Forward 159: 20. Bus Madness 167: 21. Picnic On The Sutlej 177: 22. Soybeans 183: 23. Punjabi Wedding 187: 24. Punjabi Village 191: 25. Duniya 203: 26. School Partnership 209: 27. Crooked Trail 213: 28. Darshan Singh Pheruman 223: 29. Dussehra Festival 229: 30. Diwali 239: 31. A Pain In The Ass 247: 32. Indian Journey 253: 33. Kissan Mela 269: 34. New York Restaurant 275: 35. Final Days 285: 36. Chakwal 291: 37. Farewell Punjab 295: 38. Across The Kali Pani 299: 39. Afterward: Grass Roots Leader 307: Post Script Once A Renegade, Always A Renegade 311: Index 313
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