‘The Education of an Idealist’, by Samantha Power

Review by Reg Naulty

Close-up of the book cover. | Photo: William Collins.

In Australia, the word ‘idealist’ has connotations of inevitable failure. In the US, people are more accommodating. ‘It is perfectly reasonable to build castles in the air,’ they assure us, ‘you just have to put foundations under them.’ Although
born in Ireland, Samantha Power’s family moved to the USA when she was fourteen; she was educated and worked there. Hers has been the life of an effective idealist. This is her fifth book.

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