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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 can

now find on the UAA website (www. 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

several options:


Go to 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,

Roberta Worrick’s

Antonia Saw the

Oryz First

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

and poetry.

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 at

A Bibliography of USAID Authors