Sarge by Scott Stossel
The Life and Times of nt Shriver

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As founder of the Peace Corps, Head Start, the Special Olympics (with wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver), and other organizations, Sargent Shriver was a key social and political figure whose influence continues to the present day. This authorized biography, exhaustively researched and finely rendered by Scott Stossel (deputy editor of The Atlantic), reads like an epic novel, with “Sarge” marching through the historical events of the last century—the Great Depression, World War II, JFK’s assassination, the Cold War, and many more. Sarge gives us a complete account of Shriver’s life, as well as a thoughtful commentary on the Kennedy family, the Peace Corps, and United States and world history. It is a riveting and comprehensive reconstruction of a life that exemplifies what it means to be a true American.

About Scott Stossel

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Scott Stossel is a deputy editor of The Atlantic and has written for a wide array of publications, including The New Yorker, The New Republic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. He lives with his wife and children in Washington DC.
Published December 27, 2011 by Other Press. 800 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Indeed, writes Stossel, it was Shriver who brought Robert McNamara into the Kennedy administration, “having been impressed, some years before, by a report on McNamara and the other ‘whiz kids’ hired by the Pentagon as a management consultant in the 1940s.” Shriver himself came into the Kennedy fo...

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While some may find Stossel's view of Shriver hagiographic, that may have less to do with Stossel than with his subject, an inspiring figure whose life reaffirms the power of politics and government to effect positive, creative change.

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Reading about how Shriver was able to win over even those who did not agree with him with respect and perseverance, and about how he could encourage open and even heated debate in order to find solutions without causing hatred and bitterness among opposing parties certainly made me wish we had mo...

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However, says the author, on one occasion, Robert Kennedy grabbed Shriver by the collar and told him “that if any Kennedy was going to be vice president it would be me.” Robert and several other Kennedys were infuriated by Shriver’s decision to become a member of Johnson’s cabinet.

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