Catherine the Great
Portrait of a Woman
By Robert K. Massie
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410450210, 929pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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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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- What did you know about Catherine the Great before reading this book?Were there things you learned from the book that matched your previous impressions of her?What did you learn about her that surprised you?