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Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis

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Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis
By Alan Crawford and Tony Czuczka
Wiley, 2013
214 pp. $29.95

German Chancellor Angela Merkel might well be the most powerful woman in the world. She is now headed for a rare third term as the leader of a global economic powerhouse. More than anyone else, she holds the future of the eurozone in her hands. Yet she remains a divisive and enigmatic figure. Crawford and Czuczka’s book, the best biography of Merkel in English, gives readers the facts yet fails to penetrate far into the personality of an intensely private politician whose leadership style is blandly methodical. Despite the book’s thin sourcing and repetitive style, the reader does get a strong sense of Merkel’s slow but steady approach to governing and her intense commitment to European integration as a means to tame financial markets -- elements often overlooked in analyses of the euro crisis. To judge from Crawford and Czuczka’s book, Merkel just might triumph in the end.

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