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The chancellor, the remarkable odyssey of Angela Merkel, Kati Marton - pbk

An intimate and deeply researched account of the extraordinary rise and political brilliance of the most powerful – and elusive – woman in the world. Angela Merkel has always been an outsider. A pastor’s daughter raised in Soviet-controlled East Germany, she spent her twenties working as a research chemist, only entering politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall. And yet within fifteen years, she had become chancellor of Germany and, before long, the unofficial leader of the West. Acclaimed author Kati Marton sets out to pierce the mystery of this unlikely ascent. With unparalleled access to the chancellor’s inner circle and a trove of records only recently come to light, she teases out the unique political genius that is the secret to Merkel’s success. No other modern leader has so ably confronted authoritarian aggression, enacted daring social policies and calmly unified an entire continent in an era when countries are becoming only more divided. Again and again, she’s cleverly outmanoeuvred strongmen like Putin and Trump, and weathered surprisingly complicated relationships with allies like Obama and Macron. Famously private, the woman who emerges from these pages is a role model for anyone interested in gaining and keeping power while staying true to one’s moral convictions. At once a riveting political biography, an intimate human portrait and a revelatory look at successful leadership in action, The Chancellor brings forth from the shadows one of the most extraordinary women of our time
Table Of Contents
The Pastor's daughter -- Against the tide -- Leipzig, on her own -- Berlin -- 1989 -- The apprentice -- To the chancellery at last -- Her first American president -- Dictators -- The private chancellor -- Limited partners -- Europe is speaking German now -- The war in Ukraine, "get me Angela on the phone" -- The summer of reem -- The worst of times -- Enter Trump -- "Something has changed in our country ..." -- A partner at last? -- Toward the end
Literary Form
non fiction
Originally published in 2021
Physical Description
xx, 344 pages, illustrations (some colour), 20 cm

Library Locations

  • EP Library Brussels

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