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.
In light of the recent passing of Sargent Shriver in 2011 after an extended battle with Alzheimers, his son honors his father's life and legacy in this heartfelt memoir. Beyond "Sarge"'s notable contributions to public service, such as his founding of the Peace Corps and his role in formulating Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty, it is Shriver's roll-call of attendees at his father's funeral that speaks powerfully to Sarge's character. He was by all accounts a man of extraordinary drive, compassion, and kindness; at the memorial service, Sarge was eulogized not only by Oprah and President Clinton, but by Calvin, his garbage collector; and Ms. Wilson and Ms. Williams, waitresses at his "regular lunch spot" who said that they "had never met a more polite, thoughtful man in their forty years of work." Indeed, confronted with the choice between politics or family, Sarge consistently privileged the latter. Recalling a time when the author's brother fell down and began to weep, Shriver remembers "Uncle Bobby" Kennedy reprimanding the young boy, saying "Kennedys don't cry!" In response, Sarge quickly picked up his son and said, "It's okay, you can cry! You're a Shriver!" Though Shriver's writing chops may not measure up to the esteem in which he holds his father, this is nevertheless a moving and engaging tribute. 26 color photos.
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A Good Man
Really enjoyed reading felt at times like crying and made me remember what is most important God Family !
A good man
A wonderful story about an amazing family. I highly recommend this book for people who know someone that suffers with Alzheimer's. This book is also great for anyone that knows someone with special needs. Thank you Mark Shriver for telling your story!
A Good Man
Sarge is often overlooked but the man changed the world. A great heartfelt book by Mark Shriver.