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Grouping Titleeducation of an idealist
Grouping Authorsamantha power
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2021-10-25 05:22:52AM
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Novelist Primary ISBN9780062820693

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An intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner, human rights advocate, and former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. Named one of the best books of the year:

The New York TimesNational Public Radio • Time • The Economist • The Washington Post • Vanity Fair • Christian Science Monitor • Publishers Weekly • Audible

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

Includes an updated afterword

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. [...] 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

"Truly engrossing...A pleasure to read."—RACHEL MADDOW

"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

"Power's compelling memoir provides critically important insights we should all understand as we face some of the most vexing issues of our time." —BRYAN STEVENSON, author of Just Mercy

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subject_facetAmbassadors -- United States -- Biography
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title_displayThe education of an idealist : a memoir
title_fullThe Education of an Idealist A Memoir
The education of an idealist : a memoir / Samantha Power
title_shortThe education of an idealist
title_suba memoir
Biography & Autobiography
Friends and associates
Obama, Barack
Politics and government
Power, Samantha