Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver by Scott Stossel

By Scott Stossel

As founding father of the Peace Corps, Head begin, the targeted Olympics (with spouse Eunice Kennedy Shriver), and different agencies, Sargent Shriver used to be a key social and political determine whose impression maintains to the current day. This licensed biography, exhaustively researched and finely rendered by way of Scott Stossel (deputy editor of The Atlantic), reads like an epic novel, with “Sarge” marching during the ancient occasions of the final century—the nice melancholy, international conflict II, JFK’s assassination, the chilly warfare, and plenty of extra. Sarge gives us an entire account of Shriver’s existence, in addition to a considerate observation at the Kennedy relations, the Peace Corps, and usa and international background. it's a riveting and finished reconstruction of a existence that exemplifies what it capability to be a real American

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The Shriver family was generous in providing photos from their private family collection. I’m greatful to the archivists at the JFK Library (in particular, Allan Goodrich, James Hill, Mary Rose Grossman, and Nova Seals) for helping to produce additional photos. The entire library staff, it should be noted, was extremely tolerant of the three-month-old research assistant that my wife brought along with her on her trips here. The Blue Mountain Center, in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, provided the time and space for me to begin writing in the summer of 2001.

Instead, they talked about philosophers and theologians, about Tolstoy, Thomas Merton, and Flannery O’Connor. ” Shriver asked questions about the Trappists. “He said he could probably handle the silence, early rising and manual labor well enough, but the obedience would be a killer. ’ ” He did not have to recruit me. I lobbied for the job, having to overcome the reluctance of LBJ to let me leave his staff and the opposition of the White House mafia, who wanted me to continue to serve as a liaison between them and Johnson’s Texans, as I had done in the campaign.

Shriver was one of the reasons John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in 1960. (Some have plausibly argued that Shriver was the reason Kennedy won, citing in particular Kennedy’s telephone call to Mrs. ” He created, legislated, and ran the Peace Corps, one of the most unusual—both in its function and in its administrative culture—agencies in the history of American government. The impact and significance of this creation should not be understated. Tens of thousands of American Peace Corps volunteers have served abroad; even today, volunteers who have never met the man feel a personal affection for the Peace Corps’ founding father, whose spirit still infuses the organization’s mission.

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