Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman


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Random House Trade
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.6 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About 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. Robert K. Massie died in 2019.


"What Catherine the Great offers is a great story in the hands of a master storyteller."--The Wall Street Journal

"Dense and detailed, enriched by pages of full-color illustrations, Massie's latest will transport history lovers."--People

"What a woman, what a world, what a biography."--USA Today

"[Massie] hasn't lost his mojo. . . . A consistently nimble and buoyant performance. . . . [Massie] has always been a biographer with the instincts of a novelist. He understands plot--fate--as a function of character, and the narrative perspective he establishes and maintains, a vision tightly aligned with that of his subject, convinces a reader he's not so much looking at Catherine the Great as he is out of her eyes. . . . Juicy and suspenseful."--Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times Book Review

"A meticulously, dramatically rendered biography."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"[A] rich, nuanced examination of Russia's lone female leader."--The Daily Beast

"What a woman!"--Elle

"Massie once again delivers a masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] meticulously detailed work about Catherine and her world. . . . Massie makes Catherine's story as gripping as that of any novel. His book does full justice to a complex and fascinating woman and to the age in which she lived."--Historical Novels Review