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SELECTION FOR SEPTEMBER 2012
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by Mark K. Shriver, 288 pages, published June 5, 2012
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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.
Author Mark Shriver joined Jennifer Granholm to discuss his new book about his father, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver,” which chronicles the life and service of Sargent Shriver. Mark says his father achieved impact with great joy. Shriver was a soldier against poverty, and his son says he would still believe that it could be eradicated today even though the poverty rate has risen in recent years, especially if the government provides more resources.