- Pasta dura: 592 páginas
- Editor: Dey Street Books (10 de septiembre de 2019)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0062820699
- ISBN-13: 978-0062820693
- Dimensiones del producto: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
- Peso del envío: 794 g
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The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (Inglés) Pasta dura – 10 sep 2019
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"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
"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
"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
"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
"Lively...and strikingly personal...[Power] writes vividly and lucidly here about her turn in the international spotlight."--Vogue
"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
"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)
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A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 - AN 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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It should be no surprise that she writes well because she started out as a journalist. Her desire is to affect the world for the better. She became an expert on genocide. This makes the book depressing in spots, but she might be helping bend the curve away from genocide in the long run. It depends upon which way we go in 2020, I guess.
Besides her journalistic career and her expert knowledge on genocide, and her diplomatic career, she has managed to have two children. It is all there - her childhood in Ireland, her travels, her loves, her failings, her government work, her child rearing. Her book reminds me of how there are so many people in the world who are smarter and more energetic than I.
It was hard to put the book down because it was so interesting, but even so, it took be the better part of three days to read.
However, and this is a big however, she reveals what to me seems a huge blind spot, on the order of those exhibited by one of her mentors, Richard Holbrooke.
The blind spot is this. Ms. Power consistently praises the US for its diversity, while she consistently criticizes various other countries for genocide. What is wrong with this? It is certainly not wrong to criticize genocide! What is wrong is to ignore the important link between diversity and genocide. Genocide is an extreme response by governments to minorities in their populations from which the majority differs in some important way. Without those differences -- which can be ideological, religious, political, or racial -- there is no basis for persecution or discrimination of any sort of the minority(ies) by the majority, let alone for the extreme response of genocide. In short, diversity is a necessary but not sufficient condition for discrimination of all sorts, up to and including genocide. This is one lesson of history, and the examples are simply too many to ignore.
In short, Ms. Power appears to advocate diversity within nations as a purely good thing, while history teaches us that such diversity is a best a mixed bag. And so, Ms. Power appears to be asserting that governments can, going forward, constrain their citizens to react differently than citizens of the past have repeatedly done in the face of racial and other differences between them, which is to cluster in tribes and to distrust strangers. In short, she expects that governments are capable of altering basic human nature. That is one VERY optimistic assumption. It is especially problematic when one considers that ALL forms of government, not limited to democracy, provide strong incentives for those in power to cater to the power blocs in their populations in order to maintain control. And one way to do that, a way that is especially prominent in today's political world, is to demonize the opposition, in this case, those who differ in race, gender, politics, and/or religion from the majority.
It seems to me, when discussing policy in diverse populations, one should at least consider the possibility that diversity could be a governance problem, as it turned out to be for the US in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example. And in Bosnia. And in Yemen. This, I imagine, is the basis for support of a two nation solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This issue is, of course a very large and contentious one. All the more reason why Ms. Power should have addressed it in her book. Otherwise it is, and unfortunately remains, the 800 pound gorilla in the room.
- Pulitzer Prize winner
This woman has something to say:
- human rights advocate
- former US Ambassador to the UN
And she says it very well.