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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 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 fou. Like probably every woman of note in history open about and unashamed of her sexuality Catherine the Great is primarily remembered as a power and man hungry salacious perverted woman Try googling her name and see how high on the list of the results is the ever pressing uestion Did she really sleep with a horse Does anyone care about her accomplishments in politics art and science Not really But her sexual exploits Oh YESThat s why I appreciate Robert K Massie s Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman so much It is an honest frank compassionate account of this superbly intelligent and deeply dedicated to her adoptive country woman s lifeAs expected from a biography of a monarch this work is pretty heavy on historical details I won t lie I skimmed over a good uarter of the book not desiring to read much about domestic and foreign policies wars legislation and reforms Thankfully the details of Catherine

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R 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 lifeA compelling portrait not just of a Russia. My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm women of power What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia Robert K Massie does a sensational job of pulling out a strong and well rounded story of this most interesting Empress of Russia She faced hurdles and impediments throughout her life but always found a way to succeed While Massie offers the reader numerous parts to the biography for the purposes of review the reader can see her upbringing marriage and eventual reign as three key areas worthy of discussion below all of which interconnect to make her the woman remembered by many in history Massie s effective arguments and thorough research are a treat for the curious reader even if little is known about this woman before beginning the journeyBorn into a somewhat noble thou

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N titan but also of a flesh and blood woman Newsweek An absorbing satisfying biography Los Angeles TimesJuicy 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 NewsweekThe Daily Beast Salon Vogue St Louis Post Dispatch The Providence Journal Washington Examiner South Florida Sun Sentinel BookPage Bookreporter Publishers Week. This book is hard to place on a scale At times it s a 5 and other times it s a 2 or even a 1 After some debating in my head I m going to give it a 35 but it s not enough to round it up to a 4 This book started off as a 5 and I loved it The story of Catherine then Sophia growing up being picked as the bride for the heir to the Russian Empire and her years spent in Russia was great Massie interspaced entries from her own memoirs into these years and it really added a great personal flavor to the history Granted I didn t know that story going into this book but it s a very interesting look at a girl getting out from under her family and turning into a strong womanThen Catherine becomes Empress and the book takes a huge nose dive Just when I thought it was going to really get interesting Instead of continuing the solid chronological narrative the author suddenly decides to tackle broad topics re

  • Paperback
  • 639
  • Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman
  • Robert K. Massie
  • English
  • 07 September 2019
  • 9780345408778

About the Author: Robert K. Massie

Robert Kinloch Massie was an American historian writer winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a Rhodes ScholarBorn in Versailles Kentucky Massie spent much of his youth there and in Nashville Tennessee He studied American history at Yale University and modern European history at Oxford University on his Rhodes Scholarship Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from 1959 to 1964 and then



10 thoughts on “Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman

  1. says:

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREATFirst things first that wasn’t my real name The Empress Elizabeth who was Peter the Great’s daughter now that is a man who truly deserves “the Great” after his name changed my name to Ekaterina when she converted me into the Russian Orthodox religion As for that superfluous title that follows my new name it was prematurely bestowed on me by the Legislative Commission that I convened to give Rus

  2. says:

    Firstly to answer your most pressing uestion regarding Catherine the Great the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796 No she did not die having sex with a horseMoreover if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor Robert K Massie’s Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman will not satiate your deviant intere

  3. says:

    Like probably every woman of note in history open about and unashamed of her sexuality Catherine the Great is pr

  4. says:

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia Robert K Massie does a sensational job of pulling out a strong and well rounded story

  5. says:

    Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most po

  6. says:

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography of Catherine the Great Massie's writing is clear brisk and kept the story moving throughout What I really enjoyed was how he took the time and trouble to show how Catherine carried forward the reforms begun by Peter the Great and was a monarch who overcame a great deal of adversity to overcome the obstacles of not being Russian being a woman and a usurper to boot most biographies fo

  7. says:

    I am impressed Catherine the Great lived from 1729 1796 She was 14 when she first came to Russia This book covers this entire time period meticulously I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult I unders

  8. says:

    This book is hard to place on a scale At times it’s a 5 and other times it’s a 2 or even a 1 After some debating in my head I’m going to give it a 35 but it’s not enough to round it up to a 4 This book started off as a 5 and I loved it The story of Catherine then Sophia growing up being picked as the bride for the heir to

  9. says:

    She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire the largest on earth Her signature inscribed on a decree was law and if she chose could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects She was intelligent well read and a shrewd judge of character During the coup she had shown determination and courage; once on the throne she displayed an open mind willingness to forgive and a political morality founded o

  10. says:

    Whew What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman If you have an interest in Catherine the Great this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire When the audiobook has 19 chapters which are just over an hour in length you know you are getting your book's worth of material My interest is still piued

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