Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman - Robert K. Massie

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

By Robert K. Massie

  • Release Date: 2011-11-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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4 Score: 4 (From 625 Ratings)

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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  • Massie is no Erik Larson

    By Mzhenya
    The book reads like a dissertation, disconnected sentences that don't exactly create a narrative. It could have been half the size if the author didn't lift full paragraphs and repeated them in the following pages and kept doing it though out the book. I gave the book more stars than it probably deserves because I enjoyed learning about the subject. The book was certainly thoroughly researched.
  • Catherine the Great: A portrait of a woman

    By Annie Golden
    An excellent read. I have enjoyed reading about the life of Catherine the Great and in an odd way feel connected to her. I didn't want the book to end. Thanks to Robert Massie for telling Catherine's story in such a magnificent way.
  • Loved it!

    By NissyKay
    I love historical novels and this was great. Definite recommend.
  • Catherine...reality trumps idealism.

    By Irma Sturgell
    I heard about Catherine the Great from my mother who credited her with supporting Germans in Russia. Mom also told me Catherine abolished serfdom. Wow, was mom wrong on that score! Admittedly, Catherine, early in her reign, did attempt to address the issue if serfdom, but she soon buckled under pressure from the 1% (they preferred to keep their boots on the necks of the serfs) and the lack of cohesion of the 99% (too may issues, too little agreement). Hmmm. Sounds familiar. In any case, Massie's massive biography reveals a woman who knew how to grab power and then how to use it. And in the process, she became the consummate monarch who enjoyed all the benefits taxation without representation could provide in imperial Russia. Her extravagance is astounding. At times, Massie gives us too much information, but in spite of its length, this is an engaging book for Russia enthusiasts. Still,I loved Nicholas and Alexandra more.
  • Entertaining & Informative

    By Joseybelle
    I really enjoyed 90% of this book, and typically I am not interested in history. There were a few chapters toward the end that I skimmed because it was too much information for me. I'm very glad I read this book!
  • Catherine the Great

    By Rajnimunna
    The best epic story ever written. 5 star
  • Catherine the Great

    By acoalbiter
    Such a reading pleasure!
  • Catherine the Great

    By LGBtrains
    Very good book with storylines, history and good flow and fun to read. I loved it and stayed with its 800 pages.
  • Catherine the Great

    By CSJR1989
    Interesting read. Learned a lot I didn't know about her.

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