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The Education of an Idealist

A Conversation with Samantha Power and Laura Dern

Warwick’s, in partnership with HarperCollins and Dey Street, presents
A Conversation with Samantha Power and Laura Dern

The Education of an Idealist

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 3:00pm PST

The Education of an Idealist
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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. 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.

Samantha Power is a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama's cabinet. From 2009-2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power's book, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Chasing the Flame: One Man's Fight to Save the World. The Education of an Idealist was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and TIME. Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

"Her highly personal and reflective memoir... is a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world." -Barack Obama

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.

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.

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ISBN: 9780062820709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dey Street Books - January 26th, 2021