Angela Merkel : A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis, Hardback

Angela Merkel : A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis Hardback

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Shortlisted for International Affairs Book of the Year in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2014 Angela Merkel was already unique when she became German chancellor: the first female leader of Europe s biggest economy, the first from former communist East Germany and the first born after World War II.

Since 2010, the debt crisis that spread from Greece to the euro region and the world economy has propelled her to center-stage, making Merkel the dominant politician in the struggle to preserve Europe s economic model and its single currency.

Yet the Protestant pastor s daughter is often viewed as enigmatic and hard-to-predict, a misreading that took hold as she resisted global pressure for grand gestures to counter the crisis.

Having turned the fall of the Berlin Wall to her advantage, Merkel is trying to get history on her side again after reaching the fundamental decision to save the euro, the crowning achievement of post-war European unity.

Merkel has brought Europe to a crossroads. Germany s economic might gives her unprecedented power to set the direction for the European Union s 500 million people.

What s at stake is whether she will persuade them to follow the German lead. Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis is the definitive new biography of the world s most powerful woman.

Delving into Merkel s past, the authors explain the motives behind her drive to remake Europe for the age of globalization, her economic role models and the experiences under communism that color her decisions.

For the first time in English, Merkel is fully placed in her European context.

Through exclusive interviews with leading policy makers and Merkel confidants, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes drama of the crisis that came to dominate her chancellorship, her prickly relationship with the U.S. and admiration for Eastern Europe. Written by two long-standing Merkel watchers, the book documents how her decisions and vision both works in progress are shaping a pivotal moment in European history.




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Once you come to terms with the fact that this is NOT a biography, this becomes a very good book - and one that all those Brits who feel that we should jettison Europe and cling to our "special relationship" with the USA, should read.The book tells the story of Angela Merkel's handling of the Euro crisis. It is told by two American journalists, who clearly know their stuff and the book is useful both for information of which I was not aware from news coverage and also by providing an overview and a time-line of events. The tale is told from a German, and particularly Merkel, perspective but is not simply a fan club product: Merkel is criticised for her errors, as well as being praised for her successes. The reason that I say that British Euro sceptics should read this is because, without openly saying so, it becomes very obvious that Britain's intransigence is sidelining the British Isles, not just from the European future, but making us less significant on a World stage. Sadly, we have too many people who seem to think that we are still the head of a major empire. This book does not set out to gainsay this; it does so by the little that Britain is mentioned and the image of a country and a prime minister who is out of sync with the prevailing mood.My only niggle with this book, is that, for reasons bast known by the writers, this pretends to be a biography of Angela Merkel. Alongside a well researched history of the Euro crisis, to date, they appear to have googled Merkel's youth and added a couple of pages of muddled early life. Now that you are aware of this curious flaw, you are in a position to thoroughly enjoy a very good book.

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