Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — the youngest person to ever hold that position — is writing a memoir that will track her CV from well-known U.S. foreign policy critic to the world body.
According to the Associated Press, Power’s new book, “The Education of an Idealist,” will be published by HarperCollins, but the memoir’s release date is still TBA. In “The Education,” Power plans to chronicle her attempts to live up to her own ideals as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, from 2013 to 2017.
“I am looking forward to stepping back to explore the highs and lows, and to share ideas for how, even in troubled times, we can each do our part to shape a more humane future,” Power said in a statement.
Recently she used social media to that aim when she tweeted about the Armenian genocide.
I am very sorry that, during our time in office, we in the Obama administration did not recognize the #Armenian Genocide
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) April 24, 2017
On Monday, which marked the 102nd anniversary of the eradication of more than 1 million Armenians during the last days of the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey), President Trump stopped short of calling it genocide, referring instead to the “dark chapter” in history. President Barack Obama also never characterized the mass killings as genocide during his time in the White House.
In one of her first public speeches since the end of her tenure at the United Nations, Power took aim at the state of foreign policy under the Trump administration, particularly the Syrian refugee crisis.
“People are feeling so oppressed, like the odds are stacked against doing what’s smart as well as what’s right, but I think that others have conquered much steeper odds with less company,” Power said. “We can accomplish more. We just have to throw ourselves into the task, mobilize compassion and — let’s say — make America good again.”
Power’s new book comes in a tidal wave of former Obama administration titles. Former deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromonaco’s first book, “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House,” was released in March 2017. Former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to write two new books, and his wife, Jill Biden, has one in the works. The Obamas signed a joint book deal for $65 million.