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John Lawson, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by John Lawson)
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is a detailed and intimate portrait of a fascinating person. It is beautifully written with scenes that come alive on the page. As I read it, I could picture the events as if I were watching them unfold. It is easily the best book I have read this year.
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Columnman, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Columnman)
You can't beat 18th century Russia for drama, court intrigue and just plain old bizarre behavior.
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michael.g.coyne, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by michael.g.coyne)
GREAT bio on a historical figure who shaped the Russian monarchy. It tells the story of how Catherine worked her way from lower class nobility in Germany, to one of the greatest leader of her time.

Massie captures the reader's attention with his portrayal of this brilliant woman who was. You learn how Catherine cultivated relationships with the most enlightened luminaries to work her way to assume the title Catherine the Great to rule the Russian Empire.
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label, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by label)
History/biography written so well that it is hard to put the book down. If students could read history like this they would learn and love it!
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mprimo1, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by mprimo1)
If you enjoyed Peter the Great, this book is sure to please.
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ISBN:
9780679456728
Author:
Massie, Robert K.
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Subject:
biography;russia;history;non-fiction;catherine the great;russian history;18th century;royalty;russian;enlightenment;romanovs;empresses;european history;catherine;rulers;politics;romanov
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Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
COLOR PHOTO INSERT; 4 MAPS
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.57 x 6.44 x 1.58 in 2.34 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The Pulitzer-winning biographer of Nicholas and Alexandra and of Peter the Great, Massie now relates the life of a minor German princess, Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst, who became Empress Catherine II of Russia (1729 — 1796). She was related through her ambitious mother to notable European royalty; her husband-to-be, the Russian grand duke Peter, was the only living grandson of Peter the Great. As Massie relates, during her disastrous marriage to Peter, Catherine bore three children by three different lovers, and she and Peter were controlled by Peter's all-powerful aunt, Empress Elizabeth, who took physical possession of Catherine's firstborn, Paul. Six months into her husband's incompetent reign as Peter III, Catherine, 33, who had always believed herself superior to her husband, dethroned him, but probably did not plan his subsequent murder, though, Massie writes, a shadow of suspicion hung over her. Confident, cultured, and witty, Catherine avoided excesses of personal power and ruled as a benevolent despot. Magnifying the towering achievements of Peter the Great, she imported European culture into Russia, from philosophy to medicine, education, architecture, and art. Effectively utilizing Catherine's own memoirs, Massie once again delivers a masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Written dramatically and almost visually, Massie's Catherine may attain the classic status that his Peter the Great (1980) and Nicholas and Alexandra (1967) already have."
"Review" by , "Massie delivers a fascinating account of dog-eat-dog politics in 18th-century Europe and the larger-than-life Russian empress who gave as good as she got."
"Review" by , "[A] rich, nuanced examination of Russia's lone female leader."
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