THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
ow there is a new way for
USAID and other retirees
to locate and access books
written by our colleagues (and their
spouses and children). Volunteers
at the USAID Alumni Association
have compiled a new
of USAID Authors
. A “living docu-
ment,” the bibliography will be updated quarterly; it presently
contains 170 titles. Each entry includes a description of the
book and a paragraph about the author. It is organized into 10
categories, including a photography and travel section.
We’ll wager that none of us have ever read a bibliogra-
phy, word for word. So why this bibliography, that you cannow find on the UAA website (www. usaidalumni.org/bibliography-of- usaid-authors/)? Why is the USAID
front office putting out a General
Notice alerting current USAID officers
to our bibliography and putting it on
the USAID Knowledge Services Center
Because all you have to do is scan
the bibliography, and you’ll almost
certainly find a book or two that pique
your interest; maybe a book written by
a former colleague or one about a place
or time with which you are familiar.
Once you identify a book of inter-
est, you’ll note that the title, author,
publisher and ISBN (International
Standard Book Number) are provided.
If you want to read the book, you have
Go to Amazon.com or the publisher’s website and
purchase the book (the author will be pleased).
Go to your local library (or the USAID or State
Department library), give them the title and ISBN and ask
them to get the book for you to borrow.
Go to Google or Google Scholar, and type in
the title of the book. You may find lengthy reviews of the
book or links to other books on the same topic. You can also
search the author and will usually find a lengthy history of
that person’s career.
Use the link provided in the bibliography (for
some titles) to go directly to the book or the author.
Some of the authors have worked for both USAID and
the State Department. Authors of note include Ambassa-
dor Jonathan Addleton, Janet Ballentyne, Juan Buttari, Art
Fell, former Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Larry Harrison,
former USAIDDeputy Assistant Administrator and Director
of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Carol Lancaster,
Ann Van Dusen, Steve Radelet, Mary Kilgour, Rocky Staples,
Joe Stepanek, former Diplomatic Advisory Council Chairman
Rutherford Poats, Robert Thurston,
Diane Ponasik, Mark Wentling and
Ambassador Lewis Lucke, to name a
You’ll find excellent fiction and
insightful memoirs. For example,
Antonia Saw the
was on the
New York Times
best seller list under the pseudonym
of MariaThomas. (Ms. Worrick and
her husband later died, along with
Congressman Mickey Leland, in a
plane crash in Ethiopia.) You’ll even
find travel guides, children’s books
In the meantime, please send me
any titles that we’ve missed. Or, if you
are writing a book, let me know when
it will be published. The bibliography
will be updated every three months.
John Pielemeier is a retired Foreign Service officer with US-
AID and a member of the USAID Alumni Association.
For questions about the bibliography, email him atJpielemeier@aol.com.
A Bibliography of USAID Authors
BY JOHN P I E L EME I ER