Catherine the Great

Portrait of a Woman

By Robert K. Massie
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410450210, 929pp.)

Publication Date: August 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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“This is an admiring biography of the minor German princess who, through cleverness, audacity, and ambition, deposed her incompetent husband, a grandson of Peter the Great, to become Empress of Russia. An 'enlightened' autocrat, Catherine did not succeed at all she attempted, but Massie argues persuasively that she truly earned the title bestowed upon her by the Russian people. What a woman, what a book!”
-- Arlene Cook, Watermark Book Co., Anacortes, WA



NPR
Saturday, Nov 5, 2011

Biographer Robert Massie explains how Catherine II read books to escape the misery of her unhappy marriage. When she became empress in 1762, she championed the ideals of the French Enlightenment during her 34-year reign over Russia. More at NPR.org

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