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Catherine the Great
01 Jul 2012 * HARDBACK * £25 * 9781908800008

The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history.

Non Fiction / BGH (Biography)
Extent: 656 pages  Format: 234 x 153 mm Illus: 8pp colour plates + 4 b&w maps
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Womanby Robert K. Massie

The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful 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.

History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies – vividly and triumphantly to life.

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 books include Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), Catherine the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, 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 biographer with the instincts of a novelist' New York Times

'A masterful, intimate and tantalising portrait of a majestic monarch' Publishers Weekly

'A sensitive and compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman' Newsweek

This really is a remarkably well-judged volume... including such a high level of detail without allowing the narrative to sag is an impressive feat and this book can be heartily recommended as a result' History of Royals

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