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ISBN13: 9780345408778
ISBN10: 0345408772
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Diana9009, April 13, 2013 (view all comments by Diana9009)
This one was clearly a win for me as a biography of Catherine the Great. Massie's writing is clear, brisk and kept the story moving throughout. What I really enjoyed was how he took the time and trouble to show how Catherine carried forward the reforms begun by Peter the Great, and was a monarch who overcame a great deal of adversity to overcome the obstacles of not being Russian, being a woman, and a usurper to boot -- most biographies focus on her time before becoming empress and/or her lovers -- while Massie does look closely at several of them, he also wisely discards the more wild rumours and looks at what Catherine actually did. While I did receive an ARC of this, I still intend to buy a copy of the finished edition. This one gets five stars from me, and a hearty recommendation for anyone interested in Tsarist history.
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Kelly Joyce, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Kelly Joyce)
Robert K. Massie has once again written a brilliant and very "readable" biography of a member of Russia's former royalty. As with NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA and PETER THE GREAT he shows Catherine as a human, not just a historical figure. I found this book to be more enjoyable than a novel and gained a great deal of insight into one of History's most amazing women.
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Bethany Dotson, October 22, 2012 (view all comments by Bethany Dotson)
I turned the last page, put the book down, and wondered how I'd gone my whole life without knowing the story of this incredibly woman. Massie brings Catherine to life as a woman even more than a political figure; her hope for bringing republicanism into Russia, her disillusionment, her romances, her relationships. I felt, by the end, as if I really knew Catherine. The last hundred pages or so dragged a bit for me, but overall, 5 stars for a fantastic topic and a fantastic story. I mean, it's not every woman that can, despite being in the public eye basically ever day, hide an entire pregnancy and successful delivery of a child.
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Massie, Robert K.
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Product details 672 pages Random House Trade Paperbacks - English 9780345408778 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion...a great story in the hands of a master storyteller."
"Review" by , "[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman."
"Review" by , "An absorbing, satisfying biography."
"Review" by , "Juicy and suspenseful."
"Review" by , "A great life, indeed, and irresistibly told."
"Review" by , "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman has it all: jealous mothers, indulgent eccentrics, greedy social climbers, intrigue, infidelity, murder, political coups, sex, war and passion."
"Review" by , "Exhaustively researched and dramatically narrated."
"Review" by , "[Robert K. Massie] brings great authority to this sweeping account of Catherine and her times...a compelling read."
"Review" by , "Meticulously, dramatically rendered."
"Review" by , "Reads like an epic Russian novel."
"Review" by , "Will transport history lovers."
"Review" by , "Massie makes Catherine's story dramatic and immediate."
"Review" by , "Graceful and engrossing."
"Review" by , "A biography as captivating as its subject."
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