Peter the Great
Peter the Great
His Life and World
Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780345298065, 928pp.
Publication Date: October 1981
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten. Robert K. Massie delves deep into the life of this captivating historical figure, chronicling the pivotal events that shaped a boy into a legend—including his “incognito” travels in Europe, his unquenchable curiosity about Western ways, his obsession with the sea and establishment of the stupendous Russian navy, his creation of an unbeatable army, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine, the robust yet gentle peasant, his loving mistress, wife, and successor; and Menshikov, the charming, bold, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and power through Peter’s friendship. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, tender and unforgiving, a man of enormous energy and complexity, Peter the Great is brought fully to life.
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“Enthralling . . . as fascinating as any novel and more so than most.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Urgently readable . . . the work of a master of narrative history.”—Newsweek
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“Fascinating . . . an absorbing book.”—The Plain Dealer
“Exceptional.”—The New Yorker