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Peter the Great
Peter the Great
Author: Robert K. Massie
"Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!" — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW — Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great. He brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345336194
ISBN-10: 0345336194
Publication Date: 1/12/1986
Pages: 960
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
If you love Russian history, you will love this book. The author also wrote Nicholas and Alexandra and goes into great detail about the life and times of Peter the Great, and the Byzantine politics and the barbarity of Russia during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was Peter who made the first attempts to bring Russia into the civilized world of western Europe and England during this period. This is a very large book and it took me a week and a half reading it every night, but I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 2
The author brings to life Peter the Great, one of the most fascinating rulers I've ever read about. On the one hand, Peter was progressive and concerned about his people, often spending time at their houses, but on the other, Peter thought nothing of having a traitor drawn and quartered by a team of horses. Fortunately, much of Peter's early life was spent in other countries, learning what he could to benefit Russia, especially as it concerned shipping. This is a big book of 862 pages. The middle, for me, got bogged down with the details of the many wars Russia fought with the Turks, Sweden and Poland. Many of the wars, especially the ones with Sweden, were to gain control of the waterways to make travelling and trading more feasible. I'm sure a reader who likes the details of historical battles will like this book more than I did. The intrigues at court were more interesting to me as was Peter himself and his retinue.
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Absolutely great presentation of history and the man and why he did what he was a long read but really very well done. I reccommend it if you like history.
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A very "readable" history of Peter the Great
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