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5 Books About the World's Most Influential Leaders

Kanzi Kamel By Kanzi Kamel Published on November 20, 2015

You've seen their names in newspapers. You've noticed some debates in the news. You've heard people say, "Hey, isn't it crazy what Putin said today?" 

It's time to understand why.

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Russia: Steven Lee Myers' The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

Former New York Times Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers pens the epic tale of Russia's current president (and arguably, biggest media sensation), Vladimir Putin. This is Putin's only complete biography in English, and examines his personal history, political emergence, and reign as one of Russia's most consequential and complicated leaders.

Buy it here. 


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USA: Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope

Written when he was still Senator of of Illinois, The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama's call for a new kind of politics—a politics that builds upon those shared understandings that pull us together as Americans. 

The book details the now-President's family life and time in the Senate, and is now considered the basis of his political opinions as President of the United States.

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Germany: Alan Crawford and Tony Czucka's Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis

Angela Merkel has been called the world's most powerful woman by many a media. In this book, Crawford and Czucka delve into the German Chancellor's past, and her motives which led her to becoming one of the most influential leaders of our time.

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Syria: Susan Muaddi Darraj's Bashar Al-Assad: Major World Leaders

This book is part of a series on major world leaders who have changed the course of history. Susan Muaddi Darraj examines the life of Bashar Al-Assad, one of the most influential and controversial figures in the history of the Middle East, and one of the main instigating factors of the refugee crisis.

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China: Willy Wo-Lap Lam's Chinese Politics In The Era Of XI Jinping

This is the first book-length study in English of the rise of Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since November 2012. Lam describes Xi's personal history and the factional politics through which he came into power. Lam takes a close look at Xi's ideological and political profile and considers how his conservatism might shape what he calls "the Great Renaissance of the Chinese race."

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Egyptian-American food enthusiast born in Chicago, raised in Beirut, and living in Dublin. Multitasker at Bookwitty. Intimately familiar with the term "identity crisis".


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