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Obama’s Idealists

American Power in Theory and Practice

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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. Purchase
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir
By Samantha Power
Dey Street Books, 2019, 592 pp. Purchase
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. Purchase

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 convince other nations to join the effort, she, President Barack Obama, and various cabinet officials “made scores of calls to incredulous counterparts” in foreign governments. For her part, Power, then ambassador to the United Nations, disregarded the pleas of her young son—who cried, “Mommy, I’m certain you will

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In This Review

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. Purchase
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir
The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir
By Samantha Power
Dey Street Books, 2019, 592 pp. Purchase
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. Purchase

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