"Enthralling . . . As fascinating as any novel and more so than most." The New York Times Book Review The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Bestseller by the ...Show synopsis"Enthralling . . . As fascinating as any novel and more so than most." The New York Times Book Review The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Bestseller by the author of DREADNOUGHT. Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, one of the most extraordinary rulers in history. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, tender and unforgiving, a man of enormous energy and complexity, Peter the Great is brought fully to life in this exceptional biography. "From the Trade Paperback edition."Hide synopsis
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This is the second book of Massie's I have read. Like the first it is loaded with interesting facts and details that flesh out his story. He delivers well, with colorful insight of the vast sources he cites to make often difficult subjects easy and fun reading. This book is VERY thorough and the short vignettes of Peter's contemporaries gave me a long list of other biographies to seek out.
The cassette arrived quickly and the cassettes appear to be in good shape (not broken). I have not listened to the tapes since it is part 3 and I am still trying to find part 1 and 2 of the tape series. I was happy with the order and the company and would do business with them again.
This is the first in the series of three works by Robert Massie detailing the lives of Russian Tsars. It was followed by Nicholas and Alexandra and Catherine the Great. All three of these works are excellent, but Peter the Great is by far the longest and most detailed portrait as Massie takes pains to describe the political, cultural and geographic realiities of the time.
Any student of Russian history, including the most casual, will find themselves happily immersed in Peter's world from the first word to the last.
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