2016/10/29

BOOK REVIEW:
CATHERINE THE GREAT BY ROBERT K. MASSIE

Title: Catherine the Great: A Portrait of a Woman
Author: Robert K. Massie
Published: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 625
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This is the tale of the German princess who went to Russia at the age of 14 and slowly but surely became one of the most powerful women in history as the Empress of Russia.


Review:
This book is exactly the kind of nonfiction that I really like - the not dry kind. It's easy to read, easy to follow and absolutely fascinating.

The writing is clear and uncomplicated and I feel like the whole book was well constructed and well divided between the different parts of Catherine's life. I feel like I got a good understanding of not only her, but the world and time in which she lived. You get to meet both the person and the empress, which I really enjoyed.

I feel like I learned a lot and it was very little effort. I enjoyed almost all of it, and even though it's quite a long book, it doesn't feel long. I also knew very little about Catherine the Great or Russian history at all really, and it didn't matter in the slightest.

If you like historical biographies and have an interest in Russian history, this is one to read. I know Massie has written several other books about Russian history, all of which I definitely want to check out.

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  1. I just bought this book because of this review. I don't read many non-fiction books which I want to change. Since I study history in college, I love everything about history. The thing is, I don't know much anout Catherine the Great and I was hesitant to pick this one up because of that. But since you did have a good experience with it while not knowing much about the character, I decided to get it as well. :)

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    1. That's awesome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :D

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