Eileen McNamara spent nearly thirty years as a journalist at The Boston Globe, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and was among the first to raise the alarm about clergy sexual abuse. She is now the director of the journalism program at Brandeis University. She is the author of Eunice, Breakdown, and The Parting Glass (with Eric Roth).
Compelling.... A clearly written biography crammed full of memorable anecdotes about each of the Kennedys through four generations, about Eunice's influential husband, Sargent Shriver, and about dozens more characters from domestic politics, international diplomacy, and high society. -Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Along with providing insights into Eunice's roles as wife, mother, sister, and daughter, McNamara uses her journalistic prowess to produce a complete and detailed portrait of this spirited and magnetic activist. -Booklist An exemplary biography: thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and just the right length. It deserves a wide readership. -Publishers Weekly Spectacular! Who better to write such a terrific biography of Eunice Shriver than Eileen McNamara, who devoted her own Pulitzer Prize-winning career giving voice to victims and the disadvantaged. In McNamara's piercing reporting and lovely prose, the neglected story of the Kennedy brothers' indomitable sister gets told for the first time. -John A. Farrell, author of Richard Nixon: The Life McNamara gives us what's been missing in our vision of America's First Family: a look at the woman who defied Joe Kennedy's absent expectations for his daughters, an appreciation for how Eunice made the ignored rights of the intellectually disabled into one of the great civil rights causes, and reason to believe the implausible claim that it was Eunice-not her more celebrated brothers Jack, Bobby and Ted-who crafted the Kennedys' most monumental legacy. -Larry Tye, New York Times bestselling author of Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon What a perfect combination of author and subject. The great Eileen McNamara shows how Eunice was the real deal Kennedy: tough, effective, and committed to social change. -David Maraniss, New York Times bestselling author of Barack Obama: The Story An ace reporter and an artful storyteller, Eileen McNamara has rendered an indelible portrait of a Kennedy sibling every bit as savvy and accomplished as her celebrated brothers. Indispensable. -Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast and Margaret Fuller: A New American Life