This biography is very well written and serves as a great account of a Ruler who is widely known but very misunderstood.
I recommend this book to any seeking an understanding of Russian or Eastern European history and/or culture during the mid to late 18th century.
I heartily recommend any of Henri Troyats biographies to readers who like to read history and biographies but also appreciate good litterature.
A very nice view of the woman and the empress, Catherine the Great. the author relies heavily on Catherine's own letters, so we get an up close view of the actual person. Read morePublished 3 months ago by perry man
Enjoyed leaning about Catherine The Great and this book was a perfect quick read. Author takes the time to explain his translation techniques, which is very helpful.Published 5 months ago by Tilly 08
This author once again proves that scholarly histories can be as good as any novel- Catharine, a German princess, is bargained off as a mate for a grandson of Peter the Great, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Douglas E. Libert
....Friends had recommended this book to me. Not knowing much Russian history I enjoyed it and learned. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MaryB
Beautifully written, reads like a novel, gives a real sense of the Russian court and court life throughout Europe.
An education and entertaining.
This is a dull biography with little or no new information regarding this remarkable woman. Readers would be better off getting Robert Massey''s book re the same studyPublished 20 months ago by Elizabeth A. Obrien
Yes, we should all know the travesty and yet the triumph of the woman, Catherine the Great. Her world is one that in today's society we can only imagine. Read morePublished 21 months ago by KLN
The book is yellowed with age and impossible to read. I think it is hard to read because the print is so small and the pages are very yellow.Published 22 months ago by Penguin1
Henri Troyat writes well of a woman who had a natural appetite for absolutism. She subjugated the serfs, jailed dissidents, lost her head over younger lovers who were hired to... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer