Scott Stossel is the deputy editor of The Atlantic magazine, and author of Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.
Sarge died Tuesday at 95, and Scott wrote about his experience as his biographer:
Shriver had a gift for what one of his old War on Poverty colleagues called "expanding the Horizons of the Possible." In my darkest moments of despair over my biography of him, when I had a half-written, 1,000-page pile of garbage, and I'd think to myself that I'd never be finished, and that this wasn't worth pursuing, I'd tell myself, For God's sake, Shriver ran the Peace Corps and the War on Poverty--at the same time, while raising five kids!--so you can damn well finish this book.
You can read the full piece here.