Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman

ISBN-10: 0345408772

ISBN-13: 9780345408778

Edition: 2012

Authors: Robert K. Massie

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“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—The Wall Street Journal The Pulitzer Prize–winning author ofPeter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra,andThe Romanovsreturns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Catherine’s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies—all are here, vividly brought to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, an eternally fascinating woman is returned to life. “[A] compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman.”—Newsweek “An absorbing, satisfying biography.”—Los Angeles Times “Juicy and suspenseful.”—The New York Times Book Review “A great life, indeed, and irresistibly told.”—Salon NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe New York Times • The Washington Post • USA Today • The Boston Globe • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • Newsweek/The Daily Beast• Salon •Vogue•St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Providence Journal • Washington Examiner •South FloridaSun-Sentinel • BookPage •Bookreporter •Publishers Weekly
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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Robert Kinloch Massie III (1929-) is an American historian, author, Pulitzer Prize recipient. He has devoted much of his career to studying the House of Romanov, Russia's royal family from 1613-1917. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He spent much of his youth in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in the village of Irvington, New York. He studied United States and modern European history at Yale and Oxford University, respectively, on a Rhodes Scholarship. Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from 1959 to 1962 and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post. In 1969 he wrote and published his breakthrough book, Nicholas and Alexandra. Massie was the president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991, and he still serves as a council member. While president of the Guild, he famously called on authors to boycott any store refusing to carry Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. His title Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

A German Princess
Sophia's Childhood
Summoned to Russia
Frederick II and the Journey to Russia
Empress Elizabeth
The Making of a Grand Duke
Meeting Elizabeth and Peter
Intercepted Letters
Conversion and Betrothal
A Pilgrimage to Kiev and Transvestite Balls
Johanna Goes Home
A Painful Marriage
The Zhukova Affair
A Watchdog
"He Was Not a King"
In the Bedroom
A House Collapses
Summer Pleasures
Dismissals at Court
Moscow and the Country
Choglokov Makes an Enemy and Peter Survives a Plot
A Bath Before Easter and a Coachman's Whip
Oysters and an Actor
Reading, Dancing, and a Betrayal
Seduction, Motherhood, and Confrontation
The Birth of the Heir
The English Ambassador
A Diplomatic Earthquake
A Dead Rat, an Absent Lover, and a Risky Proposal
Catherine Challenges Brockdorff; She Gives a Party
Apraksin's Retreat
Catherine's Daughter
The Fall of Bestuzhev
A Gamble
A M�nage � Quatre
�The Time Has Come!�
Panin, Orlov, and Elizabeth�s Death
The Brief Reign of Peter III
"We Ourselves Know Not What We Did"
Empress of Russia
The Government and the Church
"Madame Orlov Could Never Be Empress of Russia"
The Death of Ivan VI
Catherine and the Enlightenment
The Nakaz
"All Free Estates of the Realm"
"The King We Have Made"
The First Partition of Poland and the First Turkish War
Doctors, Smallpox, and Plague
The Return of "Peter the Third"
The Last Days of the "Marquis de Pugachev"
Potemkin and Favoritism
Catherine and Potemkin: Passion
Potemkin Ascending
Catherine and Potemkin: Separation
New Relationships
�My Name Is Catherine the Second�
Catherine, Paul, and Natalia
Paul, Maria, and the Succession
Potemkin: Builder and Diplomat
Crimean Journey and "Potemkin Villages"
The Second Turkish War and the Death of Potemkin
Art, Architecture, and the Bronze Horseman
"They Are Capable of Hanging Their King from a Lamppost!"
Dissent in Russia, Final Partition of Poland
The Death of Catherine the Great
Selected Bibliography
A Reader's Guide
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