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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman - Robert K. Massie
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
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“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—The Wall Street Journal   The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the... show more
“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—The Wall Street Journal   The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.   “[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman.”—Newsweek   “An absorbing, satisfying biography.”—Los Angeles Times   “Juicy and suspenseful.”—The New York Times Book Review   “A great life, indeed, and irresistibly told.”—Salon   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times • The Washington Post • USA Today • The Boston Globe • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • Newsweek/The Daily Beast • Salon • Vogue • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Providence Journal • Washington Examiner • South Florida Sun-Sentinel • BookPage • Bookreporter • Publishers Weekly BONUS: This edition contains a Catherine the Great reader's guide.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781588360441 (158836044X)
ASIN: B004J4X9L0
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 625
Edition language: English
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
bookaneer
bookaneer rated it
2.5 I've got a bridge to sell...
**UPDATE: I originally was going to DNF this. I wrote a review and everything. But then I ended up finishing. As it turns out, my opinion about the book remains essentially unchanged, so the new review just has a few edits. Catherine the Great has to be one of the most fascinating women of hist...
Sty of Books
Sty of Books rated it
4.0 Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Robert K. Massie makes Catherine the Great come to life as he traces her beginnings as the German Princess Sophia to her ending as Russian Empress Catherine II. He demonstrates their personalities through their actions as he describes their reactions to the circumstances around them.The story itself...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0 Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
bookshelves: published-2011, summer-2013, tbr-busting-2013, biography, slavic, nonfiction, lifestyles-deathstyles, history, epic-proportions, families Read from August 26 to 27, 2013 Slightly prefer this more erudite approach of Massie over Rounding's tome on the same subject. I overdosed marath...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0
fraudio>rosado>mp3non fic> hist> russiansummer 2013> tbr busting 2013Slightly prefer this more erudite approach of Massie over Rounding's tome on the same subject. I overdosed marathoned on this for nigh on a day. Excellent, yet the history it describes is so cruel.4* Nicholas and Alexandra 5* Cath...
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