Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman: Portrait Of A Woman

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Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman: Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Random House Publishing Group | September 18, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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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-four 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 life.
 
"[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman."-Newsweek
 
"An absorbing, satisfying biography."-Los Angeles Times
 
"Juicy 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 • Newsweek/The Daily Beast • Salon • VogueSt. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Providence Journal • Washington Examiner • South Florida Sun-Sentinel • BookPage • Bookreporter • Publishers Weekly

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345408772

ISBN - 13: 9780345408778

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman: Portrait Of A Woman

Catherine The Great: Portrait Of A Woman: Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 672 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345408772

ISBN - 13: 9780345408778

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1 Sophia''s Childhood Prince Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst was hardly distinguishable in the swarm of obscure, penurious noblemen who cluttered the landscape and society of politically fragmented eighteenth-century Germany. Possessed neither of exceptional virtues nor alarming vices, Prince Christian exhibited the solid virtues of his Junker lineage: a stern sense of order, discipline, integrity, thrift, and piety, along with an unshakable lack of interest in gossip, intrigue, literature, and the wider world in general. Born in 1690, he had made a career as a professional soldier in the army of King Frederick William of Prussia. His military service in campaigns against Sweden, France, and Austria was meticulously conscientious, but his exploits on the battlefield were unremarkable, and nothing occurred either to accelerate or retard his career. When peace came, the king, who was once heard to refer to his loyal officer as "that idiot, Zerbst," gave him command of an infantry regiment garrisoning the port of Stettin, recently acquired from Sweden, on the Baltic coast of Pomerania. There, in 1727, Prince Christian, still a bachelor at thirty-seven, bowed to the pleas of his family and set himself to produce an heir. Wearing his best blue uniform and his shining ceremonial sword, he married fifteen-year-old Princess Johanna Elizabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, whom he scarcely knew. His family, which had arranged the match with hers, was giddy with delight; not only did the lin
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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-four 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 life.
 
"[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman."-Newsweek
 
"An absorbing, satisfying biography."-Los Angeles Times
 
"Juicy 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 • Newsweek/The Daily Beast • Salon • VogueSt. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Providence Journal • Washington Examiner • South Florida Sun-Sentinel • BookPage • Bookreporter • Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His previous books include Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.

Editorial Reviews

"Enthralling."-USA Today
 
"Gripping."-The New York Times Book Review
 
"Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman has it all: jealous mothers, indulgent eccentrics, greedy social climbers, intrigue, infidelity, murder, political coups, sex, war and passion."-Bookreporter
 
"Exhaustively researched and dramatically narrated."-The Boston Globe
 
"[Robert K. Massie] brings great authority to this sweeping account of Catherine and her times. . . . a compelling read."-The Washington Post
 
"Meticulously, dramatically rendered."-O: The Oprah Magazine
 
"Reads like an epic Russian novel."-San Antonio Express-News
 
"Will transport history lovers."-People
 
"Massie makes Catherine's story dramatic and immediate."-The Kansas City Star
 
"Graceful and engrossing."-Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
"A biography as captivating as its subject."-MacLean's
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