War of Hearts and Minds: An American Memoir

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iUniverse, Oct 26, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 652 pages
Under the best of conditions, the Peace Corps experience is somewhat like being parachuted into a human drama unfolding in a different culture. The volunteer may struggle mightily to be understood, but his attempts can be for naught if he misunderstands the framework of his role. Unfortunately, in spite of Peace Corps training, the only way a Peace Corps volunteer can understand the framework of his or her Peace Corps role is to live inside it, or even, as in the case of author James Jouppi, return to the site where he was stationed without the trappings of Peace Corps. In August of 1971, Jouppi arrived in Thailand as part of Peace Corps Thailand Group 38, a civil engineering group slated to work in the most communist-sensitive and most poverty-stricken areas of Thailand for Thailands Community Development Department. In War of Hearts and Minds, he documents the challenges of working inside the Peace Corps system, both prior to his work areas being designated red and after that time as well, before moving on to his attempts to work outside the Peace Corps system. Augmented with maps, photographs, and letters, War of Hearts and Minds offers a compelling look into both the politics of Nixon-era America and that of staunchly anti-communist Thailand as Thailand fought a shadow war adjoining the one that was raging in Vietnam and Laos. In his final chapters, Jouppi follows threads from Thailand as they unfold in American culture before providing insights for possible strategies in the future which could bring the goal of worldwide peace and justice closer to frution.
 

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Contents

Nov 1973 Noy Asks Me to Give Up
240
NovDec 1973 Winston Changes His Plan
245
Dec 1973 Allowing Winston To Have His Way
250
Dec 1973 A Plan to Meditate
272
Dec 1973March 1974 The Letters
281
Winter of 1974 Denver
313
March 1974 The Ice Goes Out the River Opens Up
326
April 1974 Placing Telephone Calls to Thailand
332

Peace Corps Coworkers Boone and Winston
56
Goke Dtong Village
63
Dec 1971April 1972 Teo and My First Year Projects
67
19691971 Santees Peace Corps
72
Per Diem Reports
76
Timeline continued
80
Nov Dec 1972 Planning Thai Funded Projects
81
Timeline continued
88
JanApril 1973 Nong Bua the Project Beyond the Tripwire
90
Prudence
101
March 1973 The Plow Demonstration
109
April 1973 Completing the Project and Smashing a Cobra
114
Working Conditions Elsewhere
119
1966 Louis Lomaxs Thailand
122
Bargirls
127
Becoming a Peace Corps Pariah
129
June 1973Sept 1973 Thai Language Lessons from Noy
135
August 1973 A Trip to the Grome
139
Photographs 1972 1973
147
Sept 1973 The Home Leave
159
Oct Nov 1973 Courting a High Class Woman
165
Nov 1973 The Irrigation Project
177
19701973 Winston Taking Territory
179
The Country Team
191
Kraengji in Sakohn Nakohn
194
Timeline continued
202
Nov 1973 A Plan to Train New Volunteers
203
Transition to Group 46
213
Nov 1973 Almost Crossing the Line to Teach English
216
Nov 1973 Begging Me Just to Leave
226
Mike and Sunee
235
April 1974 A Meeting at the Brown Palace
345
April May 1974 A Plan to Work for Sanure
353
May 1974 Everything Is Already Settled
363
May 17 1974 Play Things
379
May June 1974 Learning More About Twoheaded Birds
386
Timeline continued
401
July August 1974 The Gideon Connection
402
Photographs 2007 1973 1974
425
Timeline continued
428
19741977 America Land of Conflict Diffusion
431
19771979 Church Life and Writing in Colorado
445
19791983 Michigan and Georgia
457
Timeline continued
462
1985 Thailand
463
1986 Fort Rucker
480
1987 Minnesota
483
1987 The Devastating Critique
493
1988 Dr Wyatt Never Opened My Package
495
1991 Tom Hanks Didnt Really Care
500
1994 Wisdom Hunting in California
505
1996 Smoking or Non
526
Timeline continued
539
Tarnishing Peace Corps Image
540
Just An All American Boy
550
Researching the Movie
565
19902001 Déjà vu in Grand Rapids
571
Gone With the Wind
585
Photographs 1985 1993 2007
603
Glossary
611
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James Jouppi is the son of automotive analyst Arvid Jouppi. He grew up in Michigan and New York. After graduating from Cornell with a degree in civil engineering, he joined the Peace Corps in 1971. Jouppi currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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