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On a quest for what matters most, Timothy Shriver discovers the joy of being fully alive


As chairman of Special Olympics, Timothy Shriver has dedicated his life to the world's most forgotten minority-people with intellectual disabilities. And in a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, when we've lost our sense of what's ultimately important, when we hunger for stability but get only uncertainty, he has looked to them for guidance. Fully Alive chronicles Shriver's discovery of a radically different, and inspiring, way of life. We see straight into the lives of those who seem powerless but who have turned that into a power of their own, and through them learn that we are all totally vulnerable and totally valuable at the same time.
In addition, Shriver offers a new look at his family: his parents, Sargent and Eunice Shriver, and his uncles, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, all of whom were resolute advocates for those on the margins. Here, for the first time, Shriver explores the tremendous impact his aunt Rosemary, born with intellectual disabilities, had on his entire family and their legacy.


ISBN-13: 9780374535827

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl

Publication Date: 07-07-2015

Pages: 320

Product Dimensions: 8.20h x 5.50w x 0.80d

Timothy Shriver is an educator, a social activist, a film producer, and an entrepreneur. He is the third child of Eunice Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics. As chairman of Special Olympics, he serves more than four million athletes in 170 countries. He cofounded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the United States in the field of social and emotional learning. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master's degree from Catholic University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut. He lives in Maryland with his wife. They have five children.