Peter the Great

Peter the Great

His Life and World

Book - 1981
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From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie--also available are Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs

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. The acclaimed author of Catherine the Great, 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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Peter the Great
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"Enthralling . . . as fascinating as any novel and more so than most." -- The New York Times Book Review

Nicholas and Alexandra

"A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible." --Harper's

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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1981
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780345298065
Branch Call Number: ANF 947.05092 MAS
ANF 947.05092 MAS
Characteristics: xii, 909 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm

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SeattleSaul
Jan 30, 2016

A book that combines serious scholarship with the deft hand of a writer. One feels that Massie, on balance, believes that Peter, especially given the world standards of behavior toward fellow human beings, was a benefactor of Russia, but he does not sweep under the rug his cruelties or personal flaws. Massie also enriches our understanding of the times by providing background on the other important rulers.

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Apr 02, 2012

explores the relationship between Peter the Great and his brother George the Not so Hot

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fletchmo
Jan 19, 2010

reads like fiction but highly annotated, the characters really come to life!

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