Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader (Hardback)Matthew Qvortrup (author)
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Matthew Qvortrup's definitive and insightful biography of Angela Merkel is essential reading for anyone interested in current affairs, the fate of Europe, or simply the story of a truly remarkable woman.
Based on over 15 years of in-depth research, Angela Merkel tells the story of the political titan's astonishing rise from obscurity to become the most influential leader in Europe today. It follows the German Chancellor's journey to prominence and power from a bleak childhood in East Germany, and offers an unprecedented understanding of her inimitable personality and perspective, explaining how her unique qualities have made Merkel perhaps the most respected political figure on the world stage today.
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 242 x 154 mm
'An absorbing, wide-ranging and detailed account of European power struggles over the last 50 years'* Marxist Review *
'Qvortrup's biography reads like an Icelandic saga... a complex life, full of little and greater mysteries'* The Times *
'An excellent book... from leader of Germany to leader of Europe, to leader of the west, a clear picture of Merkel emerges'-- Simon Kuper * Financial Times *
'Qvortrup's portrait is affectionate and detailed'* Herald Scotland *
'Provides insight and clarity... This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today'* Kirkus starred 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
'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