The Education Of An Idealist | Paperback | By Samantha Power

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  • The Education of an Idealist
  • Pages: 592
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Samantha Power
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10 Sep 2019
  • Category: Memoirs / Human Rights
  • Size: 23.3 x 15.2 x 3.7 cm
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The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power


Tracing her distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official, Samantha Power’s acclaimed memoir is a unique blend of suspenseful storytelling, vivid character portraits, and shrewd political insight. After her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of Senator Barack Obama, he invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. When Obama won the presidency, Power went from being an activist outsider to serving as his human rights adviser and, in 2013, becoming the youngest-ever US Ambassador to the United Nations.

Power transports us from her childhood in Dublin to the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the White House Situation Room and the world of high-stakes diplomacy, offering a compelling and deeply honest look at navigating the halls of power while trying to put one’s ideals into practice. Along the way, she lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life, shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children, and makes the case for how we each can advance the cause of human dignity. This is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.


'This is a wonderful book. It’s an unusual combination of autobiography, diplomatic history, moral argument and manual on how to breast-feed a child with one hand while talking to Secretary of State John Kerry on a cellphone with the other. The interweaving of Power’s personal story, family story, diplomatic history and moral arguments is executed seamlessly — and with unblinking honesty.' The New York Times

'Truly engrossing… A pleasure to read.' Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

'A beautiful memoir about the times we’re living in and the questions we must ask ourselves. . . . I honestly couldn’t put it down.' Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

About the Author

Samantha Jane Power (born September 21, 1970) is an Irish-American journalist, diplomat and government official who is currently serving as the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. She previously served as the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017.


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