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“Since most people are happiest doing what they are good at, it's no wonder that Sargent Shriver was always smiling. He was good in every role he filled--husband, father, friend, public servant, and visionary. And he was as inspiring as they come. Mark's poignant tribute captures the idealism and exuberance that made us all love Sarge, and reminds us to find pleasure in the simple act of living.” ―Former President Bill Clinton

“This tender, endearing memoir is a moving portrait of a son's struggle to deal with the gradual disappearance of a beloved father through the progressive stages of Alzheimer's. It is a praiseworthy book.” ―Doris Kearns Goodwin

“This is a deeply touching story of a famous family and the private joys and trials that came with it. Mark's love letter to his Dad is one we can all learn from.” ―Tom Brokaw

“As founder of the Peace Corps, Sargent Shriver had the genius to change lives, mine included. With this powerful book, his son Mark shows a great man can also be a good man. What a joy to read about Sarge, the father. In a real way, he was father to everyone who ever served in the Peace Corps.” ―Chris Matthews

“What a lovely book this is. It's funny and sad and inspiring without being insipid. Why was it, this loving son wanted to know, that everyone described his highly accomplished father, Sarge Shriver, as a ‘good man'? In the middle of the active and ambitious Kennedy and Shriver families, Mark Shriver comes to understand his father's faith in God's love anchored him and allowed him to do all that he did so well, including dealing with his own Alzheimer's. In getting to know his father better even after his death, Shriver learns some lessons useful to all of us.” ―Cokie Roberts, author of We Are Our Mothers' Daughters

“In A Good Man, Mark Shriver gives a rich personal account of growing up with a father whose boundless optimism and life of public service made a profound difference for millions of people. Read it and come away, like Mark, reenergized and re-inspired to follow Sargent Shriver's extraordinary example.” ―Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund

“Asking around, in order to write about Sarge Shriver, I could find no one with a bad word to say about him. This book tells why. The mystery of goodness is deeper than the mystery of evil.” ―Garry Wills

About the Author

Mark K. Shriver is the senior vice president of U.S. Programs at Save the Children in Washington, D.C., and a former Maryland state legislator. Shriver also started the Choice Program and served on the coalition to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He lives with his wife and three children in Maryland.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427221456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427221452
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eulogies often happen before we can fully appreciate what we have lost. Mark Shriver's eulogy pretty much sums up a lot about his dad, Sargent Shriver. Nonetheless Mark needed to rediscover his father and has done an outstanding job of fleshing out a wonderful man in the almost year and a half since Sargent Shriver's death due to Alzheimer's. An advanced reader's copy of this book was mailed to me by the publisher, Henry Holt and Company with permission to quote from the manuscript. Mark's mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Special Olympics and Sarg Shriver the Peace Corps. While there is much Kennedy trivia, mystique and accomplishments that can be noted in the book, I want to zero in on how faith here is passed from generation to generation, and how Sargent Shriver dealt with his own Alzheimer's. Mark writes that Sarg went to Mass every day, even when he was in other countries. Furthermore, Sarg's faith wasn't just a ritualistic habit. Mark writes: "Dad was a radical, a hell-raiser who based his revolutionary public service on very orthodox instruction manuals: the Scriptures, his faith's creeds and prayers, and the life of Jesus Christ. . . . Dad lived out applied religion. He applied his faith's ethics every day to everything he did. His paradox--his radical orthodoxy--allowed him to conform to the requirements of a life in public service." Despite admitting his own insecurities and early anger, Mark comes to terms with faith, hope and love reflecting on his father's death and faith. "I liked to think about faith, hope and love at church and talk about these ideas with my kids. But apart from a few minor struggles, I never needed them as if life depended on them. . . .Read more ›
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lil' Champ on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book about "growing up Kennedy" written by someone who actually knows what it's like "growing up Kennedy'.
This is a great read. Shriver the son takes an earnest look at his Dad and concludes what every father strives for-- total admiration.
It seems a new Kennedy book hits the shelves on a weekly basis...this one is the real deal. Two thumbs up.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carrell Ray Jenkins on June 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mark Shriver has written a poignantly beautiful tribute to his parents, Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. As I read of their record of service, I often found myself thinking of the words inscribed on Sir Christopher Wren's crypt in St. Paul Cathedral in London: "If you seek his monument, look about you." All around us we see monuments to Sarge and Eunie Shriver. This book gives the world an uplifting message in a time when there is all too much doubt and cynicism.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just read this book. Actually, couldn't put it down. What an inspiring and faithful life. Its filled with great moments in history and how Sargent Shriver lived his life with integrity, faith and compassion. Loved it and highly recommend it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DC20012 on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At first blush, this may seem like a nice book about a unique and interesting father - son relationship. It's really much more than that, and for a lot of readers who are going simultaneously through the challenge of either raising children and/or caring for an aging parent, its a thoughtful and important read. Mark Shriver lays a lot of himself on the line in this book, in a way in which I think people will identify with him as both a son and a father. By doing that, I think he challenges the reader in the same way he's clearly challenged himself to continually strive to improve and grow. At least I was challenged in that way. This was a really good read that has caused me to think about it a lot since I put it down. Highly recommend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael on June 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a very moving story. I thought the writing style was less than smooth sometimes, but the images presented overcame that. My main concern while reading the book was the realization that there may never be other men and women like Sargent and Eunice Shriver. While the background on Sarge's family shows that they went through bankruptcy and hard times, Sargent was able to attend elite preparatory schools and Yale, on scholarships or working through school. Perhaps his natural abilities were what made Joseph Kennedy bring Sarge into his business organizations and seems to have made him successful at most everything he did. The unknown, or concerning part to me, is "what made Sargent and Eunice Shriver commit themselves' to things like the Peace Corp and Special Olympics?" Was it, being comfortably wealthy that they didn't have to worry about money, was it the religious faith that the book so forcefully points out? What made them participate in but not succumb to the Kennedy competition? What made Sarge able to live in the moment and look past political defeats and move on? What made them love others so much that they did so much?
And so, this a wonderful portrait of an amazing man with some great insights into behind-the-scenes look at some historical events, a heart breaking story of the slow effects of Alzheimer's, and a touching picture of the family's dedication to each other. But, I'm left with the sinking feeling that changes in our recent society will not be able to create many more "good men".
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