Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel

Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel

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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.

Title:Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel
ISBN:9781633310575
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    Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Reviews

  • Mike

    A timely release, given the recent German Elections and the retirement reflections of Angela Merkel, comes Dear Barack by Claudia Clark. It’s subtitled The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama ...

  • Venky

    Replete with melodramatic references straight out of a Danielle Steele or a Nicholas Sparks playbook, “Dear Barack” by author Claudia Clark, is a curious book. In attempting to unravel the secrets...

  • Robin

    Claudia Clark, Dear Barack The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, Disruption Books NY, 2021Thank you NetGalley for providing me with this uncorrected proof for review. With t...

  • Ruby Is Reading

    Great read.Dear Barack is an inspiring and insightful read about world's two of most influential and famous leaders friendship that was a topic of great discussion.This book is an in-depth research an...

  • Rebecca

    Before reading ‘Dear Barack’, I was of course aware that former President Obama and former Chancellor Merkel had met several times in a professional capacity, as 2 of the world's most powerful lea...

  • Karsten Scheibler

    Dear Barack' describes the history of the partnership between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama from its chilly beginning to the first year of Trump's presidency, when the fir...

  • Chad

    I spent New Years reading Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. It was another one of the books that stuck out to me while applying the Kindle books, available ...

  • Natalie Nicole

    This book looks not only at the powerful and beneficial friendship between two world leaders, but also at their individual backgrounds that were outside the norm of their predecessors in their respect...

  • Kimberly Chopin

    This review is based on an uncorrected ARC, which I received in exchange for an honest review.In the introduction to Dear Barack, Clark gives her goals for the book, which is that it should 'entertain...

  • Garima Bhatt

    Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel is a powerful example of literary realism. Claudia Clark did an outstanding job of describing the friendship and making of ...