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The Education of an Idealist

Narrated by: Samantha Power
Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
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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.

©2019 Samantha Power (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Lved Samantha's voice. Enjoyed it very much. i missed more self critical view ( on US policy , not Samantha herself), which is aforded by hindsight.

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Interesting account

Interesting to gain insight into how prominent leaders such a Power think and approach their lives and job. She has an interesting story to tell and it’s worth listening to if interested in international politics & diplomacy

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Fascinating listen

Couldn’t recommend this enough. An inspirational autobiography and very eloquently written and read. Thank you, Samantha, for sharing your story!

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a true inspiration

Samantha Power is a true inspiration around the world. I am grateful for this book which gives hope in uncertain times.

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  • 06-11-19

Touching and Uplifting

I loved this heartfelt memoir by a truly remarkable woman. It's unflinchingly honest and filled with humility. A wonderful insight into foreign diplomacy and the struggles of balancing ones morals with the realities of the world in which we find ourselves.