As a student at Yale University, Samantha Power was sports-obsessed and studying for a career in sports journalism.

But something happened to set her on a different course. While witnessing the 1989 protests against the Chinese government in Tiananmen Square, where many students were killed in the cause of democratic reforms, Power wondered if she “should be doing something more useful than thinking about sports all the time.” The next semester she became a history major.

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