- Biography & Memoir
The paperback of this new biography of Angela Merkel, revised and expanded.
This illuminating and in-depth biography of Angela Merkel uses exclusive new sources and research to tell how the daughter of a clergyman from East Germany rose to become arguably the most powerful politician in Europe.
Angela Merkel is an extraordinary woman: born a pastor’s daughter, she earned a doctorate in Quantum Chemistry and, despite having no political experience, succeeded in becoming the first female German Chancellor. She has transformed German and European politics; her achievements at home and abroad have seen her top the Forbes Most Powerful Women list ten times; and she is still going strong after more than a decade in office. Her trajectory is fascinating and impressive, but how has she done it? What drives her?
Understanding Merkel is essential for anyone with an eye on in current affairs, especially with Brexit on the horizon. This is the life story of a truly remarkable personality, based on more than a decade’s worth of study and original archival research. It explores the cultural, historical and political influences that shaped Merkel’s character, and combines the narrative of her life with a lively account of the history of Germany from 1945 to the present day.
‘Qvortrup’s useful biography reads sometimes like an Icelandic saga’ The Times
‘This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind- the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading’ Kirkus starred review
'This is a well-written and informative tribute to an extraordinary political leader' Booklist
‘An absorbing, wide-ranging and detailed account of European power struggles over the last 50 years’ Marxist Review
'A sympathetic, engaging and informative political biography of one of Europe's foremost contemporary leaders. Qvortrup's highly readable prose leads one on a dramatic, whirlwind tour of a history that is still unfolding before us'
'Written in a lively and engaging style, Angela Merkel is a joy to read. It is an extraordinary and incisive book, which gives us a unique insight into the life and times of the woman who almost single-handedly transformed the politics of her country and of the world'
'In Angela Merkel, Matthew Qvortrup masterfully weaves together the key episodes of this turbulent life and most unlikely political career, and provides compelling evidence that there is no better way toward a deeper understanding of the present than revisiting the past'
'In a world full of disappointing national leaders, Matt Qvortrup provides us with an insightful, revealing, vivid reading of a leading woman who tops them all' Amitai Etzioni, author of The Active Society
'Entertaining, informative, and brilliantly-written' Dionne Rosser-Mims, Associate Professor of Adult Education and Associate Dean in the College of Education at Troy University International Leadership Association