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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

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Random House Trade

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“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—The Wall Street

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns 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

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