By Barton Swaim Barton Swaim The Wall Street Journal Biography Updated Oct. 18, 2019 5:26 pm ET

The subtitle of Samantha Power’s “The Education of an Idealist” calls the book a “memoir,” but it is properly termed an autobiography, beginning as it does with the author’s childhood and recounting each life-phase up to the present. Ms. Power served in the Obama administration, first as a member of the National Security Council and from 2013 to 2017 as ambassador to the United Nations. The book is too long. Unless you’re a gifted writer, which Ms. Power is not, the job of U.N. ambassador does not

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