Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, Robert K. Massie unfolds the extraordinary story of Peter the Great. A volatile feudal tsar with a taste for barbaric torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science; a statesman of vision who recreated his country's army and navy and founded St Petersburg as his imperial capital: Peter the Great embodied the greatest strengths and weaknesses of Russia while being at the very forefront of her development. Robert ...
Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, Robert K. Massie unfolds the extraordinary story of Peter the Great. A volatile feudal tsar with a taste for barbaric torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science; a statesman of vision who recreated his country's army and navy and founded St Petersburg as his imperial capital: Peter the Great embodied the greatest strengths and weaknesses of Russia while being at the very forefront of her development. Robert K. Massie delves deep into Peter's life and character, chronicling the pivotal events that transformed the boy tsar into a national icon. His portrayal of the complexities and contradictions of this most energetic of Russian rulers - a man both impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel - brings a towering historical figure triumphantly to life.
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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.
Aug 9, 2012
cassette part 3
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.
Feb 23, 2012
Peter the Great Revealed
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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