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Head of Zeus
Peter the Great
Peter the Great: The compelling story of the man who created modern Russia, founded St Petersburg and made his country part of Europe by Robert K. Massie

Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, Robert K. Massie unfolds the extraordinary story of Peter the Great. A volatile feudal tsar with a taste for barbaric torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science; a statesman of vision who recreated his country's army and navy and founded St Petersburg as his imperial capital: Peter the Great embodied the greatest strengths and weaknesses of Russia while being at the very forefront of her development.

Robert K. Massie delves deep into Peter's life and character, chronicling the pivotal events that transformed the boy tsar into a national icon. His portrayal of the complexities and contradictions of this most energetic of Russian rulers – a man both impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel – brings a towering historical figure triumphantly to life.

Head of Zeus * Biography
01 Sep 2012 * 928pp * £30 * 9781908800107
'Enthralling. As fascinating as a novel and more so than most'
New York Times
Urgently readable... the work of a master of narrative history'
New Yorker
'A fascinating, well-researched and expertly written book that students of Russian history cannot afford to be without'
History of Royals
Robert K. Massie
Robert K. Massie
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.
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