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As German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down as head of state, a new biography details the unlikely rise and political brilliance of the most powerful woman in the world. In The Chancellor, acclaimed biographer Kati Marton tells the intimate story of an outsider—a chemist and pastor’s daughter raised in East Germany—who ascended to become the unofficial leader of the West. The result is a portrait of a woman who survived extraordinary challenges to transform her country while holding onto her moral convictions. Marton, the best-selling author of Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America, speaks about her new book with Eliza Griswold, a contributing writer to The New Yorker and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.
Presented with the Leon Levy Center for Biography.