One of the great political friendships of the modern world, as told through key moments that shaped the twenty-first century
Today, we know US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as two of the world’s most influential leaders, together at the center of some of the biggest controversies and most impressive advancements of our time. But while their friendship has been the subject of both scrutiny and admiration, few know the full story.
Taking office at the height of the 2008 global recession, Obama was keenly aware of the fractured relationship between the US and Europe. And for her part, Merkel was suspicious of the charismatic newcomer who had captivated her country.
Faced with the challenges of globalization, the two often clashed over policy, but—as the first Black president and first female chancellor—they shared a belief that democracy could uplift the world. United by this conviction, they would forge a complicated but inspiring partnership.
Dear Barack is a thoroughly researched document of the parallel trajectories that led to Obama and Merkel meeting on the world stage and the trials, both personal and political, that they confronted in office. At times in the leaders’ own words, the book details such events as Merkel’s historic acceptance of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the 2013 NSA spying scandal, demonstrating the highs and lows of this extraordinary alliance.
A story of camaraderie at a global scale, Dear Barack shows that it is possible for political adversaries to establish bonds of respect—and even friendship—in the service of the free world.
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The author did extensive research about the relationship between Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. I enjoyed learning more about their working dynamic, especially since I didn't know much about Merkel prior to reading this book. I also appreciated how the author included an introduction as to why she decided to explore this topic. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in their friendship or foreign policy!
This is a fascinating and historical account of the relationship between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and USA President Barack Obama. The author clearly did her research and documented the historical events alongside the personal relationship between the two leaders. I didn’t know much about Merkel before picking up this book and I really appreciated the biographical and personal information about her. Being an American, I am much more familiar with Obama but I still learned a lot about him as well. It was interesting reading how the relationship between Merkel and Obama started out with much suspicion and trepidation but developed into one of mutual respect and admiration, and even friendship. We could all learn a lot from their relationship, about focusing on the things that bring us together - shared beliefs and ideals - instead of focusing on the things that divide us. Merkel and Obama were able to accomplish great things together, despite their differences politically and personally. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the opportunity to read and review this book..