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Two Bios for the price of one,
This review is from: Peter the Great: His Life and World (Paperback)
The words "definitive" and "magisterial" are often thrown about by reviewers, but I can not think of any better way to describe this work. Here is a rare book that actually deserves its Pulitzer.
Not only do we get the life of Peter, but Massie spends plenty of time with King Charles XII of Sweden, the man whose life would become so intertwined with Peter's. The subtitle, "His Life and World" is very accurate. We really do get to learn all about Peter's world, from the life of the average Russian peasant to the role of the Holy Roman Empire in European politics. Massie also provides us with capsule biographies of all the major and minor players, including Louis XIV of France and William III of England.
If you are interested in the life of Peter the Great, read this book. If you an interested in seeing proof of how one man can change the course of history, read this book. If you are interested in European diplomatic and military history, read this book. If you simply enjoy a well-told yarn, read this book.
I've read a lot of history books and this is one of the best. I literally never wanted to put it down. Check it out.