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The Chancellor

The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

Kati Marton



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01 November 2021
'An intimate, insightful portrait of an extraordinarily private leader' WALTER ISAACSON

From the bestselling author of Enemies of the People

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.
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9780008499464
ISBN 10:   0008499462
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kati Marton is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including True Believer: Stalin's American Spy and Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An award-winning former NPR correspondent and ABC News Bureau Chief in Germany, she now lives in New York City.

Reviews for The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

'With her signature superpowers of rigorous research and unparalleled empathy, Marton brings us deep into the private sphere of Angela Merkel. At a time when Merkel stands among the world's most critical defenders of democracy, Marton traces her life to reveal how she has come to embody the principles both the writer and her subject live by.' Eliza Griswold, author Amity and Prosperity, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction 'A compelling and memorable portrait ... Angela Merkel's life is a testament to the power of commitment, diligence, and the possibilities of politics. The Chancellor tells that story with insight and grace.' JON MEACHAM, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of His Truth is Marching On 'To understand how we can protect democracy in an era of populist and authoritarian upheaval, we need to understand Angela Merkel. Kati Marton has produced an intimate, insightful portrait of an extraordinarily private leader, who, in her quiet and determined way, made Germany the economic and moral leader of Europe. Marton's own background of crossing from East to West helps her pierce the elusiveness of this remarkable woman.' WALTER ISAACSON, New York Times bestselling author of The Code Breaker 'Kati Marton's cogent and penetrating portrait of Angela Merkel will change our understanding of the most powerful woman in the world. With a rare grasp of the subtleties of global politics, Marton unwraps the enigma of Merkel ... It's a thrilling tale, skillfully told, and a reminder of the role of fate and timing in leadership.' JONATHAN ALTER, New York Times bestselling author of His Very Best 'The Chancellor reads like a mystery. Definitive and brilliantly written, I discovered again in reading it how astonishing Merkel's life and career have been - and how eventful the period.' VOLKER SCHLOENDORFF, Oscar-winning director of The Tin Drum

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