By Scott Stossel
As founding father of the Peace Corps, Head begin, the targeted Olympics (with spouse Eunice Kennedy Shriver), and different enterprises, Sargent Shriver used to be a key social and political determine whose impact maintains to the current day. This approved biography, exhaustively researched and finely rendered via Scott Stossel (deputy editor of The Atlantic), reads like an epic novel, with “Sarge” marching during the old occasions of the final century—the nice melancholy, global conflict II, JFK’s assassination, the chilly battle, and plenty of extra. Sarge gives us a whole account of Shriver’s existence, in addition to a considerate observation at the Kennedy kinfolk, the Peace Corps, and usa and international historical past. it's a riveting and complete reconstruction of a lifestyles that exemplifies what it capability to be a real American
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That kinship intrigued Johnson: Could this be the way to keep the Kennedys in the tent without having Robert Kennedy on the ticket? That was not the only reason, however, that LBJ meditated on Shriver as a possibility. The two had spent considerable time together in 1961 when Johnson, then vice president, had “tutored” Sarge in how to sell the Peace Corps to Congress, whose powerful barons considered the idea naive if not hare-brained. I had worked in the Kennedy-Johnson campaign and served briefly in the new vice president’s office before wrangling myself a place on the team Shriver was putting together to turn the Peace Corps into a going concern.
On November 8, 1774, he was among those selected to help form the government agreed upon by the First Continental Congress. In 1776 he was elected to Maryland’s Constitutional Convention, in Annapolis, where he helped draft Maryland’s Declaration of Rights (which served as a model for the Declaration of Independence) and became a signatory to the colony’s first constitution. Growing up, Sargent Shriver and his cousins, taught to revere David Shriver’s bold, independent spirit, would visit the state house in Annapolis where David’s name was engraved on the wall.
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Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver by Scott Stossel