December 31, 2004: Headlines: Directors - Shriver: Biography: NY Sun: "Sarge" is a beautifully written and magnificently organized work

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"Sarge" is a beautifully written and magnificently organized work

Sarge is a beautifully written and magnificently organized work

"Sarge" is a beautifully written and magnificently organized work

Freewheeling Americans Aplenty
The Year In Biography

BY CARL ROLLYSON
December 31, 2004

[Excerpt]

Some readers will no doubt bridle at the length of Scott Stossel's biography of Sargent Shriver ("Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver," Smithsonian Institution Press, 704 pages, $32.50). Mr. Shriver is important, but not that important, the chiding critic will probably assert. Wrong! This is a beautifully written and magnificently organized work. Mr. Stossel shows how government worked during the Kennedy/Johnson years, and he portrays Mr. Shriver as a kind of moral touchstone who makes the excesses of the Kennedy clan seem worse in light of his loyalty. Indeed, Shriver maintained such a degree of independence that neither Lyndon Johnson nor Robert Kennedy ever fully trusted him. Yet neither could do without him, for Mr. Shriver never backed down from his beliefs, and both admired his uncanny ability to get to the heart of a problem.

As a study of an important figure in American politics from the 1950s to the 1970s, Mr. Stossel's biography is engrossing reading. Realizing that he has made his subject into a saint, the biographer explores the meaning of hagiography. Mr. Stossel rightly suggests that he has not ignored his subject's faults (Mr. Shriver, for example, turned out to be a hopeless candidate when he ran in the 1976 presidential primaries), but he does not reject the other definition of hagiography: "a biography of a saint or venerated person." There is no question in the biographer's mind that he has written the life of a truly good man. I concur.





When this story was posted in December 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

The World's Broken Promise to our Children Date: December 24 2004 No: 345 The World's Broken Promise to our Children
Former Director Carol Bellamy, now head of Unicef, says that the appalling conditions endured today by half the world's children speak to a broken promise. Too many governments are doing worse than neglecting children -- they are making deliberate, informed choices that hurt children. Read her op-ed and Unicef's report on the State of the World's Children 2005.

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