Peter the Great: His Life and World - Robert K. Massie

Peter the Great: His Life and World

By Robert K. Massie

  • Release Date: 1980-09-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 64 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie—also available are Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs

Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten. The acclaimed author of Catherine the Great, 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, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine, the robust yet gentle peasant, his loving mistress, wife, and successor; and Menshikov, the charming, bold, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and power through Peter’s friendship. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, tender and unforgiving, a man of enormous energy and complexity, Peter the Great is brought fully to life.
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Peter the Great
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  • Peter the Great His Life and World

    By Tintagle
    Now I know why they call him Peter the Great. It would take the accomplishments of our four best presidents to match his accomplishments for his country. Then add a little of Alexander the Great, Admiral Horatio Nelson, Martin Luther, and John Belushi, and one can begin to round out this Character. But what makes this a great book is the "photographic memory" of its author. Its as though he was actually there. The detailing of other fascinating characters such as Sweden's Charles XII, Louis the XIV, the Duke of Marlborough, The Sultans and their harems was rich and added more grandeur to the tapestry. But its the way the story is told of the great man that make this book a masterpiece. Massey pulls no punches in describing the rage, cruelty and shortcomings of the Tsar, but he puts those in context of the age. Peter was also shy humble, frugal, sensitive, relentlessly curious, indefatigable, tender, loyal, silly, brave, daring, incredibly broadminded, practical and oh yea, he was a hellraising cavoter! By the end of the book It seemed like the Tsar lived in my house, and now he is without a doubt one of my favorite historical characters. This book is the "Peter the Great" of biographies.
  • Peter The Great - His Life

    By Sheega5
    Incredibly informative and interesting. The characters are richly described and come to life. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Russian or European history. Enjoyable.
  • I love this book

    By PLSN
    Third time reading it. I was happy to see it in e-format.