The Education of an Idealist: A memoir by Samantha Power

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January–February 2020, no. 418
Varun Ghosh reviews 'The Education of an Idealist: A memoir' by Samantha Power

The Education of an Idealist: A memoir

by Samantha Power

William Collins, $32.99 pb, 592 pp, 9780008274917

The Education of an Idealist: A memoir by Samantha Power

Reviewed by
January–February 2020, no. 418

For two and a half decades, Samantha Power has been an advocate for US intervention to prevent genocide around the world – as a war correspondent, as an author, and as a member of the Obama administration (2009–17). The Education of an Idealist is a deeply personal memoir of that experience.

The book is divided into two parts, reflecting the distinct stages of Power’s career before and after joining the Obama administration. The tensions and conflicts between the two stages echo throughout The Education of an Idealist, as Power’s early commitments clash with the limitations of being one part of the broader administration.

Varun Ghosh reviews 'The Education of an Idealist: A memoir' by Samantha Power

The Education of an Idealist: A memoir

by Samantha Power

William Collins, $32.99 pb, 592 pp, 9780008274917

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