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    Review ------ “Enthralling.”—USA Today “Gripping.”—The New York Times Book Review “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman has it all: jealous mothers, indulgent eccentrics, greedy social climbers, intrigue, infidelity, murder, political coups, sex, war and passion.”—Bookreporter “Exhaustively researched and dramatically narrated.”—The Boston Globe “[Robert K. Massie] brings great authority to this sweeping account of Catherine and her times. . . . a compelling read.”—The Washington Post “Meticulously, dramatically rendered.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “Reads like an epic Russian novel.”—San Antonio Express-News “Will transport history lovers.”—People “Massie makes Catherine’s story dramatic and immediate.”—The Kansas City Star “Graceful and engrossing.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune “A biography as captivating as its subject.”—MacLean’s Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) About the Author ---------------- Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His previous books include Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea. Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) See all Editorial Reviews ( /dp/product-description/0345408772/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&isInIframe=0 )