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By Stefan Kornelius

An authorized biography of probably the most robust ladies within the world sheds gentle at the individual at the back of the politician With the Eurozone engulfed in an remarkable drawback, one political determine looms biggest of all, Angela Merkel, the chief of its strongest financial system. whereas international affairs became the primary problems with her chancellorship during this the most important election 12 months, the complete international is anxiously having a look to Germany to play its half in Europe's rescue. From her younger days of hitchhiking in Tbilisi to being the visitor of honor at a White condo kingdom dinner, this book examines how a lady from East Germany rose to the top echelons of eu strength. in addition to explaining how Angela Merkel's international view used to be formed and stimulated by means of her historical past and ideology, this energetic account discusses her own relatives with foreign opposite numbers reminiscent of David Cameron, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Putin, in addition to her perspective in the direction of the international locations and cultures over which they rule.

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Of course I knew it was all make-believe, but I wondered what it was really like there, in America. With its lovelorn apes, impossibly tall buildings, and beautiful breezy dancers, it appealed to me in the same way the circus did. America was a strange, wonderful, out-of-this-world place that I couldn’t imagine ever being a part of. The next phase of my education began the same year I moved in with my father, 1934, in a small town rich in culture some three hours out of Budapest. It’s called Sárospatak—otherwise known as the Athens of the River Bodrog, a fortress of learning in Hungary since 1531 when the Reformed Church College was founded there.

We wanted to talk about the possibility of forging documents and identity cards—see if we could help a few “undesirables” get out of Budapest. But within minutes the four of us would be counted among those same undesirables. I was the last to arrive, bathing in sweat, and I barely had time to shake hands with the others when six Hungarian policemen and one man in plain clothes—he had Gestapo written all over him—burst into the basement. I don’t know whether we had been denounced or if our time had simply come.

We had eight bullets. And now we had a dozen donkeys. This was our chance. Another half hour of rounding up and wrangling and we headed for the camp. The idea was to see how well it was guarded, and if we could figure out a way of doing it, free at least some of its laborers. Our Trojan horses—the donkeys—would be our ticket in. As we began our ascent into the foothills, Karoly handed me the pistol. As mastermind of this plan, I’d been elected ringleader of the band as well. Just before dusk we spotted the camp, over a hill, in a clearing alongside some railroad tracks that cut through a long valley.

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