Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World

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I first became intrigued with Angela Merkel when I read her Time 2015 Person of the Year cover story. Like most women in powerful leadership roles she exudes such a dignified, calm presence, which has become unfortunately rare in world leaders. Notably reserved, private and never one to express emotions publically, this has made her all the more interesting of a subject over the years

Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World by Stefan Kornelius tells the story of her life, both personal and political. This book was published in 2014 and I will admit that the only reason I read it is because this newer book by Matthew Qvortrup that came out in 2016 was unavailable at my library. I wish I had waited for the more recent version. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but Kornelius’ book just wasn’t as satisfying for me as I had hoped it would be. I have read a lot of biographies and this just wasn’t the best. I would blame it on Merkel’s own desire to keep her personal life ultra-private, thus making her own story a non-story, but that would not be accurate because the Time Magazine article was so enthralling. The Chancellor and Her World was more like a short survey of her life and the key political moments that shaped her path. All important of course, but I suppose I was looking for more of a human interest aspect to it, which Time achieved and this book unfortunately did not. There were even better quotes in Time than there were in this book. I would recommend this Time article more than anything if you want to learn a little more about her life, see some great photos, and educate yourself overall about world leaders, in particular one who has been so successfully during her life.

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