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Politics & Prose Book Talk: Eileen McNamara’s newest, Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

McNamara’s vivid biography argues that Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009), founder of the Special Olympics, was the Kennedy who left the family’s greatest legacy. A woman frequently described as “formidable,” Shriver defied her father to use her education and wealth to advocate on behalf of the cognitively disabled and their families, eventually turning her campaign into a civil rights cause. McNamara, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe journalist draws on new archives including Shriver’s personal scrapbooks, tracing Shriver’s activism to a complicated mix of compassion and anger at the patriarchal culture and the medical establishment that couldn’t help her sister, Rosemary.

More about Eileen McNamara: http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/eileen-mcnamara

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