Samantha Power Book, Early Life, Education, US Ambassador, Personal Life and Net Worth

Published Date   16th Aug. 2017, 23:33 pm
Samantha Power Book, Early Life, Education, US Ambassador, Personal Life and Net Worth
Quick Info
Birth Name: Samantha Jane Power
Date of Birth: 21/09/1970
Age: 50 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $950,000

Irish-American diplomat/author, Samantha Power book have earned equal reputation as she has for being one of the world’s most powerful women diplomat.


Samantha Jane Power is a diplomat who served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. Previously, she worked as journalist who covered the Yugoslav Wars. She also worked as the Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. One of Samantha Powers achievements is that she served as senior advisor to Senator Barack Obama until 2008. Another major accomplishment is that Samantha Power book is the winner of prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

Early Life and Education

Power was born on September 21 1970 in Dublin as the daughter of kidney doctor Vera Delaney and dentist Jim Power. She grew up in Ireland where she went to Mount Anville Montessori located in Goatstown, Dublin.

In 1979, she migrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her mother. There, she attended Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a member of the cross country team and basketball team in school. Later, she enrolled in top universities like Yale and Harvard Law School where she earned her JD in 1999. Born Irish, Power acquired American citizenship at the age of 23.

Professional Career Highlights

Samantha Power initiated her career working as a war correspondent from 1993 to 1996. She covered major events like Yugoslav Wars for US News & World Report, The Economist and The New Republic. In addition to reporting, Samantha Power book have also fetched attention of people. Power then worked as the Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Later, she served as Anna Lindh professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy in the same school.

In 2005-06, Power worked as a foreign policy fellow in the office of US Senator Barack Obama. For her role, she got credit sparking and directing Obama’s interest in Darfur conflict. A couple of years later, she became a senior foreign policy advisor to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. However, she referred Hillary Clinton as “a monster” thereby, stepping down from the position after apologizing. In fall of 2007, she began writing regular column for Time magazine.

Samantha Power books and Prizes

After getting her JD, Power published her first compiled work Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide is the first Samantha Power book. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction as well as the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize in 2003. Another Samantha Power book is Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008).

National Security Council and US Ambassador to the UN

President Barack Obama appointed Power to the National Security Council in 2009. She therefore served as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Eventually, she worked to keep the US out of the Durban Review Conference.

Further, President Obama nominated Power as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. The Republican senators backed her nomination while former US ambassador, John R. Bolton, to the UN opposed it. Bolton criticized Power for her comparison of the US to Nazi Germany. However, she became the ambassador on August 1, 2013 winning by massive votes.

She has also been criticized for her humanitarian interventions claiming they are tendentious and militaristic. Her advocacy to deploy the US armed forces to combat human right abuses also were criticized. The critics cleared that her as idea is contrary to the main purpose of the military i.e. for national defense.

While working in the position, Power went through the Obama administration banning travel against Ugandan officials responsible for anti-LGBT human rights abuses. She faced criticism for remaining silent when Obama failed to recognize Armenian Genocide. Power supported the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen against the Shia Houthis.

Awards and Achievements

Time magazine named Power among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004. Similarly, she is the recipient of the 2015 Barnard Medal of Distinction from Bernard College for her denunciation of genocide. In addition, Power earned Henry A. Kissinger Prize on June 8 2016 for serving as the US Permanent Representative to the UN.

Personal Life and Net Worth

Samantha Power married law professor Cass Sunstein in July 4 2008 in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Lohar, Waterville in Ireland. They met while Power was working on the Obama Presidential Campaign. The couple has a son, Declan Power Sunstein (2009) and a daughter, Rian Power Sunstein (2012).

One of the most successful and powerful diplomat of the United States, Samantha Power enjoys huge net worth. She has a net worth of $950,000 working as a diplomat while Samantha Power book have earned worldwide reputation even though it received criticisms on portraying Americans as outsiders to mass atrocities.

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