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Author: Samantha Power Narrator: Samantha Power Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2019 ISBN: 9780062956484
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ONE OF AUDIBLE’S BEST AUDIOBOOKS OF 2019

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019AN 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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively…and strikingly personal…[Power] writes vividly and lucidly here about her turn in the international spotlight.”

    Vogue

  • “A wonderful book…The interweaving of Power’s personal story, family story, diplomatic history, and moral arguments is executed seamlessly—and with unblinking honesty.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Power writes with heart about her upbringing…The book is suffused with humor…The Education of an Idealist is a moving account of how to serve righteously or at least how to try.”

    Washington Post

  • “Gives a riveting fly-on-the wall insight into the Obama administration’s foreign-policy decision-making and the inner workings of the United Nations.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

  • “Power chronicles, with vibrant precision and stunning candor, her best and worst moments navigating the obstacle courses within the White House and the UN…She is utterly compelling in her eye-witness accounts of violence and political standoffs and shrewdly witty in her tales about balancing diplomacy and motherhood.”

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  • “Her highly personal and reflective memoir . . . is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world.”

    President Barack Obama

  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in International Diplomacy
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A Barack Obama Reading List Pick
  • Finalist for the 2020 New England Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A Time Magazine Pick of Must-Reads
  • An Economist Best Book of the Year
  • A Washington Post Pick of Notable Books of the Year
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year
  • An Audible.com “Best of the Year”

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About the Author

Samantha Power is the author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Her book Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World was a New York Times bestseller. She began her career as a journalist reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Rwanda, and Sudan and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” She immigrated to the United States from Ireland as a child. She is a professor of practice at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. She served from 2013 to 2017 in the cabinet of President Barack Obama and as the youngest ever US Ambassador to the United Nations. From 2009 to 2013, she worked on the National Security Council as special assistant to the president for multilateral affairs and human rights.