A Good Man Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver

Mark Shriver

St. Martin's Griffin

1250031443

9781250031440

Trade Paperback

304 Pages

CAD22.99

$15.99

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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.

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I was anxious and my heart was pounding as Dad and I drove east on Route 50 toward the Chesapeake Bay. We were running late—not unheard of in my family but unacceptable to the hunting guides of Maryland's Eastern Shore,...

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  • The Shrivers on CBS Sunday Morning

    Mark, Maria and Bobby Shriver discuss their father, Sargent Shriver, on CBS Sunday Morning.

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    Mark Shriver discusses his father, Sargent Shriver, on NPR's Weekend Edition

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    Mark Shriver discusses his father, Sargent Shriver, with Piers Morgan

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    Mark Shriver discusses A Good Man with David Gregory on Meet The Press.

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    Mark Shriver discusses A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, with Stephen Colbert.

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