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Angela Merkel: The Authorized Biography

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Anauthorized biographyof one of the most powerful women in the worldsheds light on the person behind the politicianWith the Eurozone engulfed in an unprecedented crisis, one political figure looms largest of all, Angela Merkel, the leader of its most powerful economy. While foreign affairs have become the central issues of her chancellorship in this crucial election year, ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Alma Books (first published September 12th 2013)
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By Olaf Storbeck

Angela Merkel is usually described as an utterly pragmatic politician, lacking either strong convictions or a grand political vision. Stefan Kornelius, foreign editor of Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, takes issue with this view. In his biography of the German chancellor, published in English on the eve of the Sept. 22 German elections, he claims that Merkel has a bold blueprint of Europe’s future. She just stays mum about it in public.

According to Kornelius, Merkel was quite sin
Tracy Terry
Not nearly as dry (dare I say as boring?) as I had feared it might be. As it turns out this, the official biography of Germany's first female Chancellor, was actually an interesting and illuminating read though I personally would have preferred to read a little more about Angela Merkel the woman as opposed to Angela Merkal the politician.

A well written, and what I felt was a fairly unbiased read that, not too heavy going, combines the story of Merkel's life as a child and student to what is desc
Thomas Simpson
This is informative but reads like it was written for 4th graders (albeit 4th graders who know what Eurobonds are). It's nice to get a better grasp on who Angela Merkel is and what makes her tick, given her reticent behavior in public, at the same time, given this is an "authorized biography" there's not a lot of dirt (although maybe Angela doesn't have any) and it reads like a longer Wikipedia page to Merkel. Oh and the biggest freaking problem, the mistranslations. Knowing that this was origin ...more
A sympathetically written biography with little really critical analysis of Angela Merkel's policies, decisions and general approach. I enjoyed reading about her early life and influences and her meteoric rise in German politics at the time of unification. I found some of the detail of the German political scene a bit dense to get through as an English reader with little knowledge of the issues and characters involved. The chapter purporting to be about her beliefs was tantalising in not really ...more
Fascinating biography of one of the most powerful leaders in the world today. Germany is lucky, indeed. Each section introduced me to a broader view and greater understanding of world issues: from America's wars, the EU crisis, the Holocaust, to Germany itself. I found Angela's personal commitment to Israel based on Germany's involvement in the Shoah (her preference for naming the Holocaust - the Hebrew word for great catastrophe) insightful.
Vikas Datta
A brilliant biography that proceeds on an issue-based approach rather than a chronological account.. provides some illuminating aspects of international politics and top global leaders as well as of German politics itself
Matthew Newton
Not of particularly great interest.
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Stefan Kornelius (born 1965 in Weinheim) is a German journalist und author.

He has written several biographies of contemporary politicians.
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