A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver by Mark Shriver PDF

By Mark Shriver

In this intimate portrait of a unprecedented father-son courting, Mark okay. Shriver discovers the ethical rules that guided his mythical father and applies them to his personal life

When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver—founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's warfare on Poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer's, hundreds of thousands of tributes poured in from pals and strangers world wide. those tributes, which extolled the day-by-day kindness and humanity of "a stable man," moved his son Mark way over those that lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After a life-time looking for the trail to his father's luck within the public enviornment, Mark as a substitute turns to a look for the key of his father's pleasure, his devotion to others, and his experience of objective. Mark discovers notes and letters from Sarge; hears own tales from family and friends that 0 in at the 3 guiding ideas of Sarge's life—faith, wish, and love—and recounts moments with Sarge that now tackle new worth and poignancy. within the strategy, Mark discovers a lot approximately himself, as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice recommend. A solid Man is an inspirational and deeply own tale a couple of son gaining knowledge of the genuine that means of his father's legacy.

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How could the idea of improving Palestinian living standards or raising a new generation in a state of its own compete with the vision of a glorious endless battle for total victory, no matter what the cost? How could humanitarian values or even tactical limits be introduced into the movement? Arafat's narrow, almost totally tactical vision did not go far beyond believing that his end justified any means. He told an Arab interviewer: I have nothing, for I was banished and dispossessed of my homeland.

He was using the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad. 77 By mid1965, he was in Damascus to set up headquarters there. 78 If Nasser had the PLO, Damascus would counter with its own Palestinian group, Fatah. While the PLO only issued threats, Syria would prove its revolutionary credentials by actually sponsoring attacks against Israel. 79 The first training camps for Fatah fighters were opened in Syria, with one hundred volunteers, and Algeria in 1964. Recruits were paid 18 British pounds a month, a good salary in those days.

At the time Fatah was founded and for many years thereafter, most Palestinians did not share Arafat's Palestinian nationalist views. Instead, they expected that Arab states would unite behind Egypt's wildly popular Nasser, not a Palestinian movement and leader, and would launch a conventional war, not a guerrilla or terrorist assault, which would eliminate Israel. Once Israel disappeared, it would be replaced not by a Palestinian state but by the Palestinian province of a much larger Arab country.

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