Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader – Book Review

By: Matt Qvortrup

My Rating: 2/5 Stars — Genre: Biography — N. of Pages: 376

I have been very interested in reading a biography on Angela Merkel’s life for some time now. So after doing some research on different books written about her (there are many), I chose this book. It was the best-reviewed and seemed the most accurate to her life.

The beginning of this book logically began with Angela Merkel’s childhood. I enjoyed the beginning of this book and learning about Merkel’s childhood and her eventual rise to power when she became Chancellor.  I found the beginning of the book, the best part of the book.

Unfortunately, once the book got to Merkel’s political career, the book was a bit hard to read.  The author gave too many details on the political world of Germany.  As someone who is not from Germany, I was a bit confused at times, it just seemed the author moved too far away from the main topic.  At this point in the book, my interest began to decline.

However, there were some other parts in the book that gained my interest again. When Qvortup begins to write about Merkel’s handling of European issues such as Grexit, Brexit, and the invasion of Crimea, these topics piqued my interest again. But again, there were too many details added that it didn’t seem necessary. I struggled to finish this book; that is why I gave it a 2 out of 5.

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