Matthew Qvortrup is currently professor of political science at Coventry University's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. He was educated at the University of Oxford and the London College of Law and has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian and The Times. He also appears as a regular commentator for the BBC, on both radio and television.
'In a world full of disappointing national leaders, Matt Qvortrup provides us with an insightful, revealing, vivid reading of a leading woman who tops them all.' -- Amitai Etzioni, author of The Active Society 'Qvortrup masterfully weaves together the key episodes of this turbulent life and most unlikely political career, and provides compelling evidence that there is no better way toward a deeper understanding of the present than revisiting the past.' -- Professor Ludger Helms, University of Innsbruck and author of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors 'Written in a lively and engaging style, Angela Merkel is a joy to read. It is an extraordinary and incisive book, which gives us a unique insight into the life and times of the woman who almost single-handedly transformed the politics of her country and of the world.' -- Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego 'A sympathetic, engaging and informative political biography of one of Europe's foremost contemporary leaders. Qvortrup's highly readable prose leads one on a dramatic, whirlwind tour of a history that is still unfolding before us.' -- Aviel Roshwald, Professor Department of History, Georgetown University 'Provides insight and clarity... This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today.' * Kirkus, starred review * 'Qvortrup's portrait is affectionate and detailed.' * Herald Scotland * 'An excellent book... from leader of Germany to leader of Europe, to leader of the west, a clear picture of Merkel emerges.' -- Simon Kuper * Financial Times * 'Qvortrup's biography reads like an Icelandic saga... a complex life, full of little and greater mysteries.' * The Times * 'An absorbing, wide-ranging and detailed account of European power struggles over the last 50 years' * Marxist Review *