Peter the Great: His Life and World

Peter the Great: His Life and World

By Robert K. Massie

  • Release Date: 1980-09-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 55 Ratings
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"Enthralling...As fascinating as any novel and more so than most!"
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 power that has its legacy in the Russia of our own century.


  • Peter the Great His Life and World

    By Tintagle
    Now I know why they call him Peter the Great. It would take the accomplishments of our four best presidents to match his accomplishments for his country. Then add a little of Alexander the Great, Admiral Horatio Nelson, Martin Luther, and John Belushi, and one can begin to round out this Character. But what makes this a great book is the "photographic memory" of its author. Its as though he was actually there. The detailing of other fascinating characters such as Sweden's Charles XII, Louis the XIV, the Duke of Marlborough, The Sultans and their harems was rich and added more grandeur to the tapestry. But its the way the story is told of the great man that make this book a masterpiece. Massey pulls no punches in describing the rage, cruelty and shortcomings of the Tsar, but he puts those in context of the age. Peter was also shy humble, frugal, sensitive, relentlessly curious, indefatigable, tender, loyal, silly, brave, daring, incredibly broadminded, practical and oh yea, he was a hellraising cavoter! By the end of the book It seemed like the Tsar lived in my house, and now he is without a doubt one of my favorite historical characters. This book is the "Peter the Great" of biographies.
  • Peter The Great - His Life

    By Sheega5
    Incredibly informative and interesting. The characters are richly described and come to life. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Russian or European history. Enjoyable.
  • I love this book

    By PLSN
    Third time reading it. I was happy to see it in e-format.