A Conversation with Samantha Power and Laura Dern for "The Education of an Idealist"

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST AT 3 PM PST

SAMANTHA POWER

THE EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST: A MEMOIR

 

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Join former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and Academy Award-winning actress Laura Dern for a wide-ranging conversation to mark the paperback release of Power’s critically acclaimed, best-selling memoir The Education of an Idealist.

The Education of an Idealist is “a wonderful book” (The New York Times), “beautifully written” (National Public Radio), “compelling” (Bryan Stevenson), and “truly engrossing” (Rachel Maddow). Power’s “highly personal and reflective memoir,” observes former President Barack Obama, “is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world.”  

In this exclusive event, hosted in collaboration with independent bookstores across the US, Power and Dern will discuss Power’s journey as an immigrant, journalist, activist, and diplomat, as well as their perspectives on the current political moment and the road ahead.

This event will be hosted by Harper Collins on Crowdcast. Purchase of a paperback copy will gain you entry into this conversation. You will be emailed the event link and password before the event.

 


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About:

The Education of an Idealist
*Now in paperback with an updated afterword*

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller

Tracing her distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official, Samantha Power’s acclaimed memoir is a unique blend of suspenseful storytelling, vivid character portraits, and shrewd political insight. After her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of Senator Barack Obama, he invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. When Obama won the presidency, Power went from being an activist outsider to serving as his human rights adviser and, in 2013, becoming the youngest-ever US Ambassador to the United Nations. 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, offering a compelling and deeply honest look at navigating the halls of power while trying to put one’s ideals into practice. Along the way, she lays bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life, shows how she juggled the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children, and makes the case for how we each can advance the cause of human dignity. This is an unforgettable account of the power of idealism—and of one person’s fierce determination to make a difference.


 

About the Author & Moderator:

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at Harvard. She served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama and as US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, and as Obama’s human rights advisor from 2009 to 2013. Power’s book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Her latest book, The Education of an Idealist, is now in paperback with an updated afterword and was selected as one of the best books of 2019 by outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, National Public Radio, Time, and Vanity Fair.

Laura Dern is an actress, producer and activist. Dern is an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award-winner best known for films including “Marriage Story,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Little Women,” and television shows like “Enlightened” and “Big Little Lies." Dern is also a prolific producer through her company Jaywalker Pictures, which has recently released the feature documentary, "The Way I See It" for Focus Features, and the animated short "If Anything Happens I Love You" for Netflix.


 

Praise For:

"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

"[Power] is a very good writer, which makes it more fun and truly engrossing to read a memoir about a former U.S. official....A pleasure to read."--Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

"Power writes movingly about everything...and she delivers one of the best-written political memoirs of recent years." --Fareed Zakaria, CNN

"An illuminating and engaging account of [Power's] journey from would-be sports journalist to award winning author, from Irish immigrant to presidential cabinet member... This engrossing memoir will appeal to informed readers and will inspire women contemplating careers in public service."-- Library Journal

"Amid the flood of memoirs from Obama administration veterans, Power's stands out as worth reading. For starters, she's a better writer than a lot of them--she was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author long before she got into government. She's also done more that's worth reading about. Like the best journalists, Power has a gift for finding the perfect anecdote to illustrate a larger idea or theme, and this is the rare political memoir where you definitely shouldn't skim the "early years" chapters.-- Slate

"Engaging....Power's memoir is an insider's account of foreign-policy-making, and an intensely personal one."-- The Economist

"Lively...and strikingly personal...[Power] writes vividly and lucidly here about her turn in the international spotlight."-- Vogue

"A foreign policy guru reveals her many selves in a sweeping autobiography"-- O Magazine

"In this gripping and revelatory memoir, Power chronicles, with vibrant precision and stunning candor, her best and worst moments navigating the obstacle courses within the White House and the UN, daunting global crises, and personal struggles. 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."-- Booklist, starred review

"[Power] stresses the necessity of caring, acting, and not giving up when seeking to change people's lives. Power's vibrant prose, exuberant storytelling, and deep insights into human nature make for a page-turning memoir."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Problem solving in a complex world can challenge idealism. Samantha Power's compelling memoir provides critically important insights we should all understand as we face some of the most vexing issues of our time."--BRYAN STEVENSON, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy

"Samantha Power's memoir gives a candid, self-questioning, intensely personal view of what goes on inside. It should inspire others to test their ideals against the unforgiving world."--GEORGE PACKER, author of The Unwinding and Our Man

"Samantha Power's book is honest, personal, revealing. It is about the development of a young woman's inner strength and self-knowledge. But it is also a political book, alert to both the power of political will and its limitations. It is the journey of an idealist, whose conscience was forged in Bosnia, into the corridors of power where compromise does battle with commitment. It is the story of someone with the soul of an outsider becoming, as an insider, a passionate witness to events in the White House and the United Nations during the Obama years."--COLM TÓIBÍN, author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster

"Power writes with heart about her upbringing -- in Ireland, Pittsburgh and Atlanta -- and she is especially poignant when recounting a few traumatic episodes... Still, the book is suffused with humor, and [President Obama] furnishes the funniest anecdotes that don't come from her charming children... The Education of an Idealist is a moving account of how to serve righteously, or at least how to try."-- The Washington Post

"Samantha Power's captivating memoir is a rare and intimate revelation of the inner workings of international diplomacy as well as a heartening beacon of a book for young women and men everywhere. Its stories of dignity, kindness, empathy, and inclusiveness are needed today as never before." --DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

"A uniquely personal and absorbing account of [Power's] time at the heart of US foreign policy . . . Power's book 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." -- The Irish Times

"Power is a master story-teller . . . a brilliant self-portrait of an outsider turned insider, who is forced to grapple with the challenges that brings, and does so honestly". -- The Independent (Ireland)

"A celebrated writer and an accomplished diplomat, Samantha Power is one of the most outspoken and important voices in world affairs today. Her absorbing, heartfelt, and remarkably candid memoir provides vivid new details about the difficult strategic questions that arose during her years in the Obama administration, and offers essential lessons to anyone aspiring to follow in her footsteps in shaping the world for the better." --Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

"Refreshingly frank and self-deprecating, Power's memoir is an energizing reminder that conscience has a place in the process of shaping foreign policy." -- TIME

 

Event date: 
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 3:00pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062820709
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 26th, 2021