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Memoris and Biographies
Author: Robert K. Massie
ISBN: 0517064839
Subcategory: Historical
Pages 909 pages
Publisher Random House Value Publishing (May 3, 1993)
Language English
Category: Memoris and Biographies
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eBook Peter the Great download

by Robert K. Massie


Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published in the United States of America by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number. 80-7635 ISBN 0-345-33619-4.

Massie’s book on Peter The Great is a thorough biography that reads like a good novel. As told by the bottomless pit of worldliness, Robert Massie, the story of Peter the Great is not just epic but colossal. Mr Massie demonstrates the intricacies of the confluence of culture, identity, ideas and technologies of Western Europe, The Baltic Countries, Ottoman Empire and Russia during the time of Peter’s reign. St Petersburg feels like a Western European city in some regards - the canals, the palaces, the long boulevards and wide plazas. This book checks your sense of moral judgement at the door; none without a fully developed sense of context should read.

The acclaimed author of Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie delves deep into the life of this captivating historical . The Modern Library of the World’s Best Books Peter the Great Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Enthralling. as fascinating as any novel and more so than most

The acclaimed author of Catherine the Great, Robert K. as fascinating as any novel and more so than most. Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible. Harper’s The Romanovs Riveting. unfolds like a detective story.

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at. . 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.

Peter the Great book. 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, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine

Robert K. Massie delves deep into the life of this captivating historical figure, chronicling the pivotal events that . 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, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine, his loving mistress, wife, and successor; and Menshikov, the charming, unscrupulous prince who rose to power through Peter's friendship. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and.

Massie continued to write biographical books on the Russian Imperial family. He won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Peter the Great: His Life and World, which inspired a 1986 NBC television network miniseries, Peter the Great, that won three Emmy Awards and starred Maximilian Schell, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave

In this commanding book, Robert K. Massie, prize-winning author of "Catherine the Great, " sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs' lives: Nicholas's political naivete, Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic.

In this commanding book, Robert K. Massie, prize-winning author of "Catherine the Great, " sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs' lives: Nicholas's political naivete, Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis's brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history-the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.

Charles' body still looked youthful-he was five feet nine inches tall, with slim hips rising into broad shoulders-but his face had aged considerably. nently tanned and creased by tiny squint lines. The deep-blue eyes were calmer and more quizzical; on the full lips played a constant, knowing smile as he gazed at the world around him. He wore neither beard nor mustache nor wig; his brownish-auburn hair, cut short, was brushed upward over his increasing baldness.

"Enthralling . . . As fascinating as any novel and more so than most." The New York Times Book ReviewThe 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.
skyjettttt
I've read hundreds of books but this is on of my all-time favorites. Massie is a meticulous researcher and an excellent writer and storyteller. This book brings to life a fascinating man, and his incredible times, and how Peter brought Russia out of the dark ages with his vision, willpower, restless soul and ceaseless energy. The battle scenes are incredible: I read the Battle of Poltava like it was happening before me, like watching a football game with the best newscaster. A true page-turner. You will find yourself enveloped in military strategy of two great men (Charles XII of Sweden and Peter the Great) and their armies, how they thought, what moves they made, mistakes they committed, and the final outcome. Massie takes you from a bird's eye view of a battle, right down to the most minute of details. I don't know how he does it! This is my third time reading this book. The last time? 1987, when I was in labor with my firstborn. A long night, so I grabbed my favorite book. The author's son has hemophilia (like Tsar Nicholas II's did), and the next day, I gave birth to a son with hemophilia. When the doctor gave me the diagnosis, I looked at the book in awe. Perhaps this explains my personal love for this book. But it is a classic: so very well written, so perfectly researched, and so expertly told. Read it and you will time travel to the 18th century!
WUNDERKIND
"Peter the Great" is one of the best-written history books I've encountered, and it is the gold standard that I compare against other narrative histories. Despite the title, this is not a biography -- it is an incredible narrative history of the times of Peter the Great. I found this to be not only an outstanding book about Russian history, but also an excellent book about Western history in the 17th and 18th centuries. The best chapters cover Peter's grand tour through the Netherlands, Germany and England, and the book successfully brings to life the Europe of Peter's time. I also learned a lot about the warfare and military strategy of the times. My one critique would be that the chapters on the war with Sweden could probably be a bit shorter; there's more detail than most people need. Reading "Peter the Great" is better than reading historical fiction; the story is captivating and I really couldn't put the book down.
Iphonedivorced
Excellent ... He did bring European technology and values into a backward, isolated Russia at considerable cost in lives and treasure. A brilliant guy with low brow tastes and manners who valued a hands on approach to everything. Carpentry. Ship building. Women. Torture. A guy who enjoyed the common touch and regular folks and preferred to go about incognito... Except for his size, who would notice? A man of considerable physical presence and strength and a quick study. He attracted first rate minds like Leibniz, whom he considered out of touch.. Quite a family man until he grew weary of you or you disobeyed him. Unforgiving in matters he considered of great principle in which case blood was no barrier to being dispatched. He lead his military in battles and damn the cost. Not the sort of guy you would say "No" to twice. Had an irresistible charm and an overwhelming personality that didn't take No for an answer. Great party guy, too. When he laughed, everyone laughed. When he partied, everyone partied and no one left until he said so. His excesses aside, he made Russia a great power... His contributions manifold.
Leceri
Amazing book! After spending several days in St. Petersburg, Russia last summer I was very interested in learning about the Russian Tsar responsible for its creation. Mr. Massie’s book on Peter The Great is a thorough biography that reads like a good novel. Mr Massie demonstrates the intricacies of the confluence of culture, identity, ideas and technologies of Western Europe, The Baltic Countries, Ottoman Empire and Russia during the time of Peter’s reign. St Petersburg feels like a Western European city in some regards - the canals, the palaces, the long boulevards and wide plazas. You realize this was by Peter’s design as he was very much taken by Western European architecture, fashion, technology and naval prowess. Peter could also be as brutish as many iron-fisted Tsars - demanding duty and subservience of all his subjects - including his own family. Peter was a high energy intellectual who surrounded himself with foreigners more often than the Russian aristocrats (boyars) of his time. His interest in ship building became his mark on Russian history. His ability to defeat the Swedish gave birth to the dazzling city on the Neva River.
Whitescar
Robert K. Massie has an almost uncanny ability to take you back in time. Peter the Great does this with magical ease. We get to know the child, the youth, the man and the Tsar, with all the details we need to form a relationship that lasts as long as this long masterpiece does. As in all of his historical biographies he brings the times and the individuals that made the greatest impact on who we are today to the forefront. He defines actions, humanity, foibles and strengths with the skill of a novelist. He draws you into the actions of Peter from shipbuilding to war-making, along with his eccentricities which are many. All of Massie's historical novels should be a must read for individuals who are interested in the past, and I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a fantastically well written book about a man who still resonates in our own time.
Cheber
This is the very best kind of biography. it is 855 pages of fascinating history not only of the man but of the times and culture of the period. I read every word including the footnotes and battle descriptions (which in other histories are often dreadfully belabored) and without exception every page was interesting. Massie never talks down to the reader nor is his writing ever either dry or frivolous. This book is worth every minute the reader spends with it. Highly recommend
Saberblade
Remarkable book - engrossing and well-written. Massie offers excellent narrative on czarist Russian history, culture, and politics. Importantly, readers gain insight into influential events and people outside of Russia.