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Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel
Europe's Most Influential Leader
Matthew Qvortrup
Price: £
12.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
23 Nov 2016
ISBN: 
9780715651827
Pages: 
368
Genre: 
  • Biography & Memoir
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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.

Reviews

‘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' Aviel Roshwald, Professor Department of History, Georgetown University

'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' Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

'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' Professor Ludger Helms, University of Innsbruck and author of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors

'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 

Matthew Qvortrup

About Matthew Qvortrup

Matthew Qvortrup is Professor of  Political Science at Coventry University. Described by the BBC as ‘the world’s leading authority on referendums’, Qvortrup has published extensively on European politics and history. He has appeared as an expert for BBC, and worked as a consultant for the US State Department. He lives in London.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel
Europe's Most Influential Leader
Matthew Qvortrup
Price: £
25.00
  • Hardback
Published: 
11 Aug 2016
ISBN: 
9780715650455
Pages: 
400
Genre: 
  • Biography & Memoir
Available from:

This is the fascinating tale of Angela Merkel's political ascent, in which she outmaneuvered her male colleagues and made Germany the strongest economy in Europe. With the storytelling gifts of a novelist, as well as nuanced political expertise garnered from over a decade of experience as an academic and journalist, Matt Qvortrup gives readers unprecedented, personal insight into Frau Merkel's upbringing under communism, describing how the Secret Police tried to recruit her as a spy, how she lived as a squatter in Berlin, and how she went from distributing leaflets to sitting at the Cabinet table in Helmut Kohl's government in less than a year. This is the story told for the first time in English of how Merkel and her staff of mostly female advisors repeatedly outsmarted the old boys network of conservative male politicians in Germany, turning her country into a more liberal and more prosperous place.

Angela Merkel Europe's Most Influential Leader combines the narrative of Merkel's life with a vivid account of German history from 1945 to the present day, featuring cameo appearances by Willy Brandt, Konrad Adenauer, and Helmut Kohl. At a time when Merkel is the chief representative of the West in the negotiations with Putin over the Ukraine, she is also the woman who holds the keys to British membership of the EU. Anyone interested in our time, in the politics of today, should read this lively account of the woman with a doctorate in quantum physics who has become the undisputed queen of Europe.

Reviews

‘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' Aviel Roshwald, Professor Department of History, Georgetown University

'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' Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

'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' Professor Ludger Helms, University of Innsbruck and author of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors

'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 

Matthew Qvortrup

About Matthew Qvortrup

Matthew Qvortrup is Professor of  Political Science at Coventry University. Described by the BBC as ‘the world’s leading authority on referendums’, Qvortrup has published extensively on European politics and history. He has appeared as an expert for BBC, and worked as a consultant for the US State Department. He lives in London.