The Education of An Idealist

The Education of An Idealist

A Memoir

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 * AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2019 * ONE OF TIME'S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2019 * AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR * A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 * A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2019

"Her highly personal and reflective memoir . . . is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world."--President Barack Obama

An intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner, human rights advocate, and former UN Ambassador Samantha Power.

In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?" and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power's distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. After Obama was elected president, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. She served for four years as Obama's human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role.

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. Humorous and deeply honest, The Education of an Idealist lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life and shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with the challenge of raising two young children. Along the way, she illuminates the intricacies of politics and geopolitics, reminding us how the United States can lead in the world, and why we each have the opportunity to advance the cause of human dignity. Power's memoir 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. [...] The interweaving of Power's personal story, family story, diplomatic history and moral arguments is executed seamlessly and with unblinking honesty."--THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, The New York Times Book Review

"Honest, personal, revealing... about the development of a young woman's inner strength and self-knowledge."--COLM TÓIBÍN, author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster

"Truly engrossing."--RACHEL MADDOW

Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062820693
0062820699
Branch Call Number: 327.2092 Power
Characteristics: xii, 580 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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evediana
Mar 05, 2020

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TayRaymond
Mar 04, 2020

So inspiring - Power’s ability to drill down the female experience in places of power both the sisterhood that is formed and the “bar cave” effect is humbling to read from someone of her stature. Her honesty about the struggles she faced with confidence was a kind reminder that we should be more gentle on ourselves and even our heroes have doubt. The work she accomplished is what I aspire to be

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Pressroom
Oct 21, 2019

Not just a memoir but a bird's eye view of government trying to cope with some of the most challenging crises of our time. Samantha Power is a gifted writer and the book never flags. Her frequent descriptions of coping with a family life and young children during her time as UN ambassador are really eye opening. I recommend this book for anyone interested in politics, world affairs, government and reading about strong, intelligent women.

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