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Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
By Susan Rice
Simon & Schuster, 2019, 544 pp.
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir
By Samantha Power
Dey Street Books, 2019, 592 pp.
The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House
The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House
By Ben Rhodes
Random House, 2018, 428 pp.

The events that Susan Rice and Samantha Power describe in their new memoirs of their time in the Obama administration occurred only a few years ago. But they belong to a different age.

“That chart shook up the Principals Committee like nothing I have seen before or since,” Rice writes in Tough Love. The chart estimated the number of people the Ebola virus might kill in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Rice, then national security adviser, goes on to describe how she helped convince the Pentagon to send almost 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa to fight the plague. To

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  • PETER BEINART is a contributor to The Atlantic, a columnist at the Forward, and a Professor at the City University of New York.
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