Author(s): Scott Stossel
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.
"In this lengthy but lively biography, the journalist Scott Stossel explains in exhaustive detail how Shriver translated vague mandates to found an international service program and wage war on poverty into the creation of some of the most successful social programs of the past half-century."--"Washington Post""Required reading for anyone interested in the political affairs of 20th-century America and the story of the Kennedy dynasty."--Robert Dallek, author of "An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963""This is a superbly researched, immensely readable political biography."--"Publishers Weekly""A careful and capable portrait, of much interest to advocates of an activist, beneficent government and students of the Kennedy era alike."--"Kirkus"
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.