The most up-to-date, illuminating, and in-depth biography of Angela Merkel and how she rose to become Europe’s most important political figure
Angela Merkel, the woman who has held control of the European Union and successfully negotiated with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is one of the most crucial and formidable fixtures in contemporary politics. Political commentator and journalist Matthew Qvortrup weaves the personal story of the German chancellor with the vivid history of post- World War II in Angela Merkel, the riveting account of the political titan’s ascent from obscurity to become one of the most influential leaders in the world, responsible for making Germany more liberal and prosperous than it has ever been.
Updated from the hardcover, this definitive biography follows Angela Merkel from her bleak childhood in East Germany through her meteoric rise to power, and includes up-to-date information on recent pressing concerns, such as the current refugee crisis. Offering an unprecedented look at how Merkel’s inimitable personality and perspective allowed her and her staff of mostly female advisors to repeatedly outmaneuver a network of conservative male politicians, Angela Merkel is essential reading for anyone interested in politics and current affairs, or simply in the story of a truly remarkable woman.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Qvortrup is currently professor of political science at Coventry University’s
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. Previously, he was academic director in the Department of Security and Management at Cranfield University.
He was educated at Oxford and the University of Copenhagen and has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, The Sun, The Scotsman, and The Times.
He also appears as a regular commentator for the BBC, on both radio and television.
Table of Contents
1 A Childhood Under Communism 17
2 In the Shadow of the Berlin Wall 41
3 Angela in Leipzig 63
4 The Unbearable Boredom of Being: A Squatter in Berlin 89
5 Angela Becomes Merkel 111
6 Kohl's Girl 131
7 The Politics of Patricide: How Merkel Became Party Leader 151
8 Waiting Game: The Patient Party Leader 171
9 Merkel Loses and Becomes Chancellor 191
10 The Making of the Queen of Europe 209
11 Potato Soup, the Pope and Re-Election 231
12 The Euro-Crisis and Afghanistan 251
13 From the Jaws of Defeat and Beyond 271
14 Ukraine, Another Greek Tragedy and the Refugee Crisis 293
Epilogue: Mother Courage or Merkiavelli? 333