Review: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie

Robert Massie is one of my favorite popular historians.  My European history teacher assigned us passages from Dreadnought in high school; I enjoyed it so much that I went on to read the rest of the book.  In college, when I was assigned Nicholas and AlexandraI read the whole thing in two or three pleasant afternoons.  On the other hand, I’ve been reading Peter the Great off and on for over a year and I still haven’t finished it.*  So I wasn’t sure what to expect when a family member bought me Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman at Christmas.

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