Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver by Scott Stossel is a 761-page hardcover published by Smithsonian Books (Washington), 2004. The condition of both the dust jacket and the book are very good, with crisp clean pages, tight squared binding, and no tears or chips to the jacket.
R. Sargent Shriver has arguably touched more lives than any living American. He led the famed "Talent Hunt" that recruited President Kennedy's cabinet. He created and launched the Peace Corps. He spearheaded the War on Poverty. He founded Head Start, Job Corps, VISTA, Legal Services for the Poor, and--together with hjis wife--the Special Olympics. In addition, as ambassador to France under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, he single-handedly eased America's strained relations with Charles de Gaulle during a crucial period of the cold war. As former President Bill Clinton has said, "In my lifetime, America has never had a warrior for peace and against poverty like Sargent Shriver." Yet for all his many accomplishments, Shriver's name is surprisingly little known. Why? Because from the moment he married JFK's sister Eunice in 1953, Shriver had to steer a difficult course between independence and loyalty to the Kennedy family that tended to obscure his achievements. In Sarge, the first full-scale biography of this remarkable man, Sargent Shriver takes his deserved place at center stage during an extraordinary time in American politics.