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Catherine the Great

Portrait of A Woman
Massie, Robert K. (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Catherine the Great
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Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress's life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.
Authors: Massie, Robert K., 1929-
Title: Catherine the Great
portrait of a woman
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiii, 625 p., [16] p. of col. plates :,col. ill. (some col.), maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robert K. Massie
Summary: Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress's life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.
Alternate Title: Portrait of a woman
ISBN: 9780679456728
0679456724
Branch Call Number: B-C362mc 2011
Bibliography: Includes index and bibliographical references (p. 577-599) and index
Subject Headings: Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796 Empresses Russia Biography Russia Kings and rulers Biography Russia History Catherine II, 1762-1796
Topical Term: Empresses
LCCN: 2011015279
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Jul 20, 2014
  • duffh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well written and arranged. May be more detailed than the casual reader wants - even side characters get bios, and the guillotine is debated - but I enjoyed its thoroughness.

Jul 01, 2014
  • Annlee60 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very well written book indeed. The author's style is precise. Did not bore readers with unnecessary historical facts but still managed to be extremely informative. A very interesting and captivating read.

Jan 27, 2014
  • Joshziel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I learned a lot from this book, and also couldn't put it down.

A very well researched and interesting biography of Catherine The Great. I knew little about this strong and intelligent woman, her rise to power and her accomplishments during her reign. Excellent book.

Oct 20, 2013
  • AlliGee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm going to have to disagree with some of my fellow commentators; if you approach the book with a great deal of historical Russia knowledge, perhaps this will seem shallow to you. But the book is called "CATHERINE the Great," not "RUSSIA the Great," and I think it provided a perfect amount of context needed to understand Catherine, her reign and her court. Additionally, while rumors and anecdotes ARE mentioned, they are not cited as authentic; it is made quite plain and transparent that what is being relayed to the reader IS a rumor or an anecdote, sometimes even multiple explanations for the same event are given with the disclaimer that the truth is not definitively known.

If you like historical fiction but generally shy away from historical non-fiction, this is an excellent crossover/gateway book. While it is a lengthy volume, it never gets droll or feels like you're reading a textbook; Massie tells a story, and doesn't just relay academic research and facts. I found it fascinating.

Oct 17, 2013
  • suzannehb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book as enjoyable as Nicholas and Alexandria. The first 3/4 was certainly engrossing, the latter 1/4 was less well organized and felt rushed. However, if you enjoy historical fiction, I doubt you will be disappointed with this book.

Jan 16, 2013
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A powerful lady who led a fascinating life. Well told and enjoyable to read.

Jan 01, 2013
  • vliacobellis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful! Massie is an incredible storyteller. An incredible woman in such an interesting time!

Oct 08, 2012
  • Lauren31 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable, easy read - what a fascinating time period, and what a fascinating (not to mention powerful) woman.

Sep 11, 2012
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Russia or European history. "Great" portrait of a fascinating woman.

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