Samantha Power Tells Of The Not-So-Simple 'Education Of An Idealist'

By | 2019-09-11 | including 2 items |
Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power writes that her motto has been "show, don't tell." Her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist, tries to show how she stayed true to her idealism, her belief that she could a make a difference for the better. However, the story she tells is much more complicated. Power — previously a war correspondent who covered the former Yugoslavia — had a quick rise, in part, owing to her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. It caught the eyes of many, including then-Sen. Barack Obama. The book looked into why the U.S. stands idly by in the face of mass atrocities. Then, her answer was because American leaders did not want to act. That book and the questions it posed hang over her memoir and the foreign-policy challenges she addresses, including the Obama administration's Syria policy.