Sargent Shriver’s Lasting Impact: an Appreciation

Sarge was both brilliant and selfless—too selfless, some might argue, when it came to his own political career. There wasn’t a tough job that Sarge did not do well. When John F. Kennedy asked him to run the Peace Corps, he joked that J.F.K. had no choice but to give the job to a brother-in-law due to its enormous potential for failure. A few years later, Jacqueline Kennedy asked Sarge to arrange her husband’s funeral, and he did so flawlessly.

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Remembering Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Shriver was as fierce in her faith as she was in all parts of her life. She was one of the most remarkable people I have ever known. It was so very true what her brothers, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, said about her: “She could have been President.”

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Paris Match: Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy

Just months after his May 2007 election, French president Nicolas Sarkozy faced growing criticism over his stalled reforms, flashy style, and stormy divorce. The last straw should have been his whirlwind remarriage, to an Italian heiress, ex-model, and singer who had past liaisons with Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, among others, and nude photos all over the Internet. But the lady in question, Carla Bruni, is proving an unexpected asset. At the Élysée Palace, Maureen Orth encounters a pair of romantic predators who appear to have met their matches.

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Losing His Grip: Michael Jackson Profiled

Does it get more bizarre than it’s been getting lately? Apparently, yes. From Michael Jackson’s increasingly freakish appearance to his voodoo death spells, to the disturbing revelations in a $21.2 million civil suit against him, the pop star’s life has been spinning out of control. Investigating his spiraling debt, his grandiose schemes, and his controversial relationship with children, the author wonders if Jackson is as crazy as he seems—or a cool manipulator of his own fame.

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