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Angela Merkel: The Authorized Biography

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An authorized biography of one of the most powerful women in the world sheds light on the person behind the politician With 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 ye ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Alma Books (first published March 14th 2013)
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I like authorized biographies. We get spin and opinion from journalists all the time when analyzing a leader’s record, and often those journalists are judging from the outside what a leader is thinking. Here we have a writer who has a bit of access and can ask straightforward questions and get reasons for why a leader would choose one path over another. There may be some self-serving spin on the leader’s part, but many times the outcomes of decisions are not immediately known—it takes some time ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Thomas Simpson
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Angela. She was committed to a long term consideration of global problems while other leaders pursued short-term expedient solutions to domestic issues. Hard to draw too many conclusions from an authorised biography, but you can certainly get a feel for how she sees herself.

Gourab Ghatak
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
First part was a bit boring because it delved too much into the domestic political history of Germany, although it shapes the readers mind regarding the persona of Merkel. The second half with the geopolitical scene, specially the chapter on relations with Israel, Russia and China were engaging. In my opinion, the chapter on the Euro crisis is a masterpiece. Overall, a good read if only one can have a bit of patience with the initial half.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Tracy Terry
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
An intersting insight into one of the most powerful woman in the world.

Like any biography of a politician (or any text really) one has to be cautious while reading this. You don't want to take one man's analysis of a public figure as gospel. Still, Stefan Kornelius is not under the impression that Angela Merkel is perfect and he spends some time acknowledging her poor decisions as well as her strong ones. He is admiring but not fawning.

The biography isn't liner and can jump around in time a lot
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografi, 2017
Det er en spændende historie om Merkel, der er opvokset i Østtyskland - dengang i koldkrigstiden - og nu er kansler for det samlede Tyskland og en af Europas stærkeste politiske overhoveder
Den er meget politisk - og til tider for meget for mig jeg kunne gost have brugt mere personlighed og meninger fra Merkel, men selvom det er en autoriseret biografi har hun ikke selv direkte medvirket til den - og det er nok også for meget at forlange at få hendes personlige holdninger, mens hun stadig er kans
Fajar Prasetya
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Market's ideology on no linear progression is still resonating in my head. She might be right that politics is a zero-sum game, where an accumulation of positives and negatives, a constant stringing-together of success and failure.
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting biography, that allows you to know more about German political life and German First Lady life and decisions, as well you could see this person as human being not only politician. I started to like her more after reading biography.
Vikas Datta
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Louise Armstrong
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I couldn't get on with this book at all. It seemed to jump around, and a lot wasn't explained so if you are not familiar with German history it's puzzling. I see it is a translation, so probably it was written for a different audience than me. I gave up about a third in.
Claire Baxter
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is an authorised biography so you have to go into it realising that it isn't going to dish the dirt, but it was an easy read and did give some insight into Merkel's character and history. I would have liked a bit more about her experience growing up in the GDR. It was only really one chapter.
Eila Ranta
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tieto, 2015
Kiinnostava. lisäsi tietoa ja ymmärrystä tämän vallan huipulla olevan naisen toimintaan ja päätöksiin. edelleen voi silti yrittää olla eri mieltä asioista.
Miles Howe
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good insight into EU politics and this tough womans life in a male dominated space.
Matthew Newton
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Not of particularly great interest.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A very inspiring and fascinating public figure.
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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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