Archive - July 7, 2020

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Shriver’s lost memoir — WE CALLED IT A WAR
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Posthumous memoir by Sargent Shriver scheduled for publication in January

Shriver’s lost memoir — WE CALLED IT A WAR

   Dear friends, We are thrilled to announce our discovery of a memoir by Sargent Shriver, We Called It a War, which will be published in January 2021 by RosettaBooks. In the memoir, Sargent Shriver traces his journey in bringing the programs of the War on Poverty to life. We rediscovered the memoir in one of our archival collections some time ago, and are grateful to be able to share it with you in the coming year. For more details about the memoir, we invite you to read the official announcement below. For ease of sharing, the announcement is also on our website. Friends, we thank you for your continued interest in our work. Let’s continue to engage with each other so that we may create a more just, more peaceful society for all of us. — Sargent Shriver Peace Institute Announcement We Called it a War: Sargent Shriver’s Recently Discovered, Lost Memoir . . .

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Posthumous memoir by Sargent Shriver scheduled for publication in January

Thanks for the ‘heads up’ from Dan Campbell (El Salvador 1974-77) • NEW YORK (AP) — The late Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps’ founding director and an architect of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” left behind at least one unfinished project. RosettaBooks announced Tuesday that it had acquired Shriver’s memoir We Called It a War, which he worked on in the late 1960s and was only recently rediscovered. Shriver’s friend and law partner David Birenbaum edited the manuscript, in which Shriver tells of his efforts to fulfill Johnson’s vow in 1964 to end poverty. The 348-page book, pared down from a “very raw” 500 pages, is scheduled for January. “What I learned from working with Sarge, and what I hope readers will discover in reading the book, is his distinctive model of leadership in which policy is shaped by our noblest human values and energy flows from spiritual awareness,” . . .

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