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Peter the Great: His Life and World Paperback – October 12, 1981
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“Urgently readable . . . the work of a master of narrative history.”—Newsweek
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The 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.
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Peter certainly earned his title and likewise I feel Massie can add "The Great" to his name. The best compliment I can give to Massie is I now have a tremendous thirst to study Peter's archenemy, Charles Xll, and learn Charles's perspective of Peter The Great.
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In reading the biography of Peter, a great deal of insight is also gained into the society and politics of 17th-18th century Russia and Europe, which in the hands of any other historian might be written in a dry and abstract manner. With Massie, however, he has such an engaging narrative style that the book reads like an action novel at times (such as in describing the Battle of Poltava).
Each personality of monarchs that Peter dealt with in Europe and the Middle East is given an ample introduction in "Peter the Great", which is entertaining reading in its own right. For example, we learn that Augustus II, King of Poland and useless ally of Peter in the Great Northern War, was a sexual philanderer of extreme proportions and that Frederick Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, had his famous collection of giants and suffered from pains that almost drove him to insanity.
Of course, a major portion of the book is devoted to the conflict between Peter and his archnemesis Charles XII in the Great Northern War. Massie recounts how Charles' fanaticism and his legendary aura of invincibility eventually brought the Swedish empire to its knees.
All in all, this is a book that would appeal to the general interest reader, as well as to the Russophile and to the person interested in European history.Read more ›
Mr Massie presents the historical fact in a clear and concise manner without sacrificing detail. The work is both rewarding for serious history students as well as those of us after a good read. Indeed the charm of this book is that it reads like a real page turning novel. The reader get a wonderful insight right trough the book of what life in Russia was like in the 17th century not just for a Tsar but for the common people as well Loads of little anecdotes and commentaries colour the story without obscuring it.
This is a story of awakening ,will to power and courage - Of a man and a nation - par excellance .
The book starts with the context that Peter was born into. A Russia still very much steeped in the deep middle ages of superstition and religious fundamentalism. His father Tsar Alexis and the his mother Tsaritsa Natalya doted on him as well as his sickly half brother Ivan ( his later co Tsar until he died at age 29) and from the very beginning the young prince showed that he was made of special stuff. The untimely death of his father, his days at Preobrazhenskoe playing soldier as a boy( the Preobrazhenskoe regiment was the automatic regiment that all Tsars belonged to until 1917 following in the tradition started by Peter) as well as the Strelsky revolt that nearly saw him and his mother slaughtered by the palace guards gets illuminated as the main formative events in the young princes life.Read more ›
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Typically, biographies are not my favorites, but Massie's Peter the Great might be the greatest biography ever written. Definitely deserved the Pulitzer Prize.Published 4 days ago by Michelle C.
Excellent! The best book I have read in a long time. Interesting, absorbing and educational.Published 13 days ago by Laura O
I found this book to be virtually unreadable. The print is very small. The pages are very dense (tiny margins, very little white space). Read morePublished 16 days ago by Julia Belle
Am interested in learning more about Russia and figured Peter the Great was a must but this is a long book backed with war strategies and politics.Published 17 days ago
This is a hugely important book. It is exceptionally well-written and it tells an important story, namely that of the life and times of Peter the Great, the first great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A powerful and erudite biography I read in preparation for my first visit to his city, St. PetersburgPublished 1 month ago by Linda
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Thus far (75 pages), interesting, but many details seem non- substantive.Published 2 months ago by Mecpc1