The Peace Corps: It Is Almost As Good As Its Intentions

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From the front porches of the U.S., the view of the Peace Corps is beautiful. The image is that of a battalion of cheery, crew-cut kids who two years ago hopped off their drugstore stools, and hurried out around the world to wage peace. Through the application of Good Old American Know-How and That Old College Spirit, they have all but won the cold war. It somehow seems too good to be true.

It is. As so often happens, the image is glossier than the reality. The Peace Corps kids are not...

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