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"Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!"
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great. He brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the power that has its legacy in the Russia of our own century.

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Peter the Great: His Life and World

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Overview

"Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!"
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great. He brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the power that has its legacy in the Russia of our own century.

Against the monumental canvas of 17th- and 18-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, tender and unforgiving--one of the most extraordinary men in history. "As fascinating as any novel and more so than most."--New York Times Book Review.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345336194
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 960
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet 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 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, Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2004

    Your in the hands of a master story teller

    This volume is simply one of the very best, most exciting, interesting, and highly charged biographies I have read. Fortunately for me, a pending visit to Saint Petersburg provided me with the motivation to pull this twenty four-year-old 1st Edition copy from my bookshelf. Its 850 pages had seemed a daunting task no matter how many people had recommended this as a ¿must read¿. Robert Massie has created a masterpiece of story telling. Each chapter is the equivalent of a short story and compelling in it¿s own right. And each is presented with an introduction that places you, the reader, in context. Massie also places you both in Peter the Great's time but populates his world with many other sovereigns and characters of interesting historical note. Most notably a large part of the book is devoted to King Charles XII of Sweden. Upon completion of this wonderful book I had a much better understanding of Russia, the Baltic States history and the origins of may Russian cultural traits. Peter the Great was a massive personality who¿s impact was both awful for those he ruled and passed judgement on, and visionary for pushing Russia into a modern and westernized nation. Overall, the book reads like an epic Russian Novel, deep in character study, action, adventure, and compelling social observation. Massie is just an excellent writer. I highly recommend this book as others have recommended it to me.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    Fascinating!

    Massie is so gifted at illuminating Russia under Peter the Great's reign, that it reads more like a novel than an historical study-I could barely put it down. This is truly an extraordinary book!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    One of the best!

    This was a great book, a captivating and quick read (despite the length) that takes you inside the life of Peter the Great in an epic story of love and betrayal, poverty and largess, greed and blind ambition.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    better than I expected.

    A great read. It puts you in the time frame of history. Loved it

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is terrific.

    Don't let the length of the book scare you. Peter was a bigger than life character and needs a very long book to tell his story. I read this 25 years ago and still remember parts of the book because he was such a unique character. Robert Massie has really done his homework in studying Russiasn history.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2008

    Awesome, Very Readable

    This book was a great read and offered a mini history of his lifespan in Europe.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    unintentional read that i wont regret

    i never intended to read this book. i started borwsing it one day at a book store and the next thing i knew i couldnt put it down. its a great read. other reviewers were right when they said that it reads more like a novel than a work of non-fiction.

    someone really should sit down and update it though. the repeated referrences to "soviets" date the book in a way that the rest of the text does not.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Although I read this book 30 years after its original publication, and just after having read Massie's CATHERINE THE GREAT, I cannot praise PETER THE GREAT highly enough! As a long-ago college history major i learned and re-learned so much from this excellent book. I particularly enjoyed and appreciated Massie's side excursions into the personal and dynastic histories of William of Orange, Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, and Charles XII of Sweden. Massie makes Russia in the early 18th Centuiry COME ALIVE, with all its promises and problems!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    Brilliant -- an Incredibly Insightful Book

    Highly recommended. Mr. Massie does a masterful job of tackling Russian History -- often perceived as an impermeable monolith -- and converting it into a piece of work that almost resembles a novel (albeit a rather long novel). He peppers 17th and 18th century Russian and European history with just the right amount of historical backdrop -- both political and incestuous -- while staying devoted to his subject matter. He also provides pre-17th century Russian history, but only for historical reference, never for showboating purposes. I was incredibly pleased to see the manner in which Mr. Massie wove Peter into the very fabric of European affairs at the time. I feel like I learned something new on almost every page. True, this may stem from the dearth of my Russian history knowledge prior to reading this book. Nevertheless, I would suggest that many people choosing this book may be similarly situated. The fact that this book was written during the Coldwar also adds some color to Mr. Massie's delivery. Any fan of history and/or biography should seek this book out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    An amazing voyage through the history of Russia!

    I just couldn't put it down! What an incredible book.
    One of the most satisfying histories that I have read.
    So rich, so informative, an education in the history and geography of Europe.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    An Absolute Masterpiece

    Incredible!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Fabulous

    Best book i've read in decades. A page turner. Better than fiction. All his books are excellent. This was my favorite folllwed by Catherine the Great . Plse note. Book is 1000 pages. I devoured book about a week!i

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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