Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Paperback)

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    Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His previous books includeNicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter,Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.
    “[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

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    ISBN 9780345408778
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Royalty
    Format Paperback
    Pages 639
    Publisher Date 2012-09-18 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Inc
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.5 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.35 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Portrait of a Woman
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Massie, Robert K.
    Country of Origin United States

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