The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver

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Random House, Inc.
Working for four presidents over six decades, R. Sargent “Sarge” Shriver founded the Peace Corps, launched the War on Poverty, created Head Start and Legal Services for the Poor, started the Special Olympics, and served as ambassador to France. Yet from the moment he married Joseph P. Kennedy’s daughter Eunice in 1953, Shriver had to navigate a difficult course between independence and family loyalty that tended to obscure his incredible achievements.

Scott Stossel, through complete access to Shriver and his family, renders the story of his life in cinematic detail. Shriver’s myriad historical legacies are testaments to the power of his vision and his ability to inspire others. But it is the colorful personality and indomitable spirit of the man himself—traits that allowed him to survive the Depression, WWII, and the Kennedy family—that will inspire readers today to expand the “horizons of the possible.”

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the life and career of R. Sargent Shriver, including such accomplishements as creating the Peace Corps, heading the War on Poverty, becoming ambassador to France, and founding such organizations at Head Start, Job Corps, and the Special Olympics.

Book News
A senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly recounts the life and career of Shriver (b. 1915) who married into the Kennedy family in the 1950s, was the drive behind the Peace Corps and the War on Poverty during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and continued to be active in the Democratic Party until 1976. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

An illuminating portrait of R. Sargent Shriver, a man who worked for four presidents, founded the Peace Corps along with other important organizations, and led an amazing and inspirational life, chronicles his extraordinary life and career in surpassing detail, thanks to the complete access given by Shriver and his family.

Publisher: Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Books, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781588341273
Branch Call Number: BIO Shriver, S 2004
Characteristics: xxx, 761 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 20, 2015

A well written biography of a great American.


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