The Education of an Idealist

February 22, 2020 - Comment

Pulitzer-Prize winner Samantha Power is widely known as the moral voice of her generation. A relentless advocate for promoting human rights, she has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America’s ‘foremost thinkers on foreign policy.’ The Education of an Idealist traces Power’s extraordinary journey, from Irish immigrant to human rights activist to United

Pulitzer-Prize winner Samantha Power is widely known as the moral voice of her generation. A relentless advocate for promoting human rights, she has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America’s ‘foremost thinkers on foreign policy.’

The Education of an Idealist traces Power’s extraordinary journey, from Irish immigrant to human rights activist to United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Power began her career as a war correspondent and as a vocal critic of US foreign policy, and then put her ideals into practice while working with Obama in the Senate, on the campaign trail, and throughout his presidency. Power’s perspective on government is unique, as she takes us from the streets of war-torn Bosnia to the Situation Room and out into the world of high-stakes diplomacy.

In her characteristically gripping prose, Power illuminates the messy and complex worlds of politics and geopolitics while laying bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life. She also reveals what it’s like to juggle the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children. And, in the face of great challenges, she shows us not just how the United States can lead, but why there is always something each of us can do to advance the cause of human dignity. The Education of an Idealist is a humorous, stirring, and ultimately unforgettable account of the world-changing power of idealism – and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Doesn’t do what the tin says Somewhat disappointing. The title suggests an insight into the changing perceptions and thinking of a person entering government and facing the realities of power. The book is a diary of events, and doesn’t explore how power in government compromises an idealist. It has, however, motivated me to read some of Obama’s words.

Anonymous says:

Insightful, fascinating. gripping book by diplomat/scholar A charming insight into the world of diplomacy and US politics written by a modest and decent person who is as honest and principled as one could hope from a government official. Well worth reading.

Anonymous says:

Idealistic, Inspiring, Interesting From humble beginnings as a journalist to being part of Obama’s cabinet, Power comes across as someone who cares a lot about human dignity. She inspires us to make a difference and to not expect results to come overnight.

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