A Good Man by Mark K. Shriver


7 Critic Reviews

A fairly straightforward, rueful memoir in which the author achieves frank self-acceptance.


In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life

When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver—founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. These tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of "a good man," moved his son Mark far more than those who lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose. Mark discovers notes and letters from Sarge; hears personal stories from friends and family that zero in on the three guiding principles of Sarge's life—faith, hope, and love—and recounts moments with Sarge that now take on new value and poignancy. In the process, Mark discovers much about himself, as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice advocate. A Good Man is an inspirational and deeply personal story about a son discovering the true meaning of his father's legacy.


About Mark K. Shriver

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Mark K. Shriver is the senior vice president of U.S. Programs at Save the Children in Washington, D.C., and a former Maryland state legislator. Shriver also started the Choice Program and served on the coalition to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He lives with his wife and three children in Maryland.
Published June 5, 2012 by Henry Holt and Co.. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, History. Non-fiction
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Apr 15 2012

A fairly straightforward, rueful memoir in which the author achieves frank self-acceptance.

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Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott on Jun 15 2012

Sargent Shriver...emerges in this personal tribute as “a good man” who strove to pass on virtues of bravery, sensitivity and old-fashioned morality to his children

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The Washington Post

Reviewed by Reeve Lindbergh on Jul 13 2012

Mark Shriver brings out the strength and substance of faith in his father’s life and work, writing about this unapologetically and with a kind of wonder

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The Seattle Times

Reviewed by BRIAN WITTE on Jun 16 2012

The book, published this month, is a deeply personal tribute. It explores how a father energetically and happily handled responsibilities

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The Daily Beast

Reviewed by Scott Stossel on Jun 04 2012

In recounting his struggles to live up to his father’s legacy of greatness, Mark Shriver conveys the force of his father’s goodness

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Reviewed by LaVonne Neff on Aug 01 2012

Mark's childhood home often hosted the rich and the famous, and he recognizes the privilege of growing up well connected. At the same time, he is refreshingly candid about the self-doubts such an environment fostered.

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Reviewed by Marion

A warm and loving tribute...Mark Shriver has written a testimony to the goodness that can and does exist in those rare men/women who are able to see the bigger picture, love unconditionally and put others before themselves

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