Stupendous. Octogenarian Robert K. Massie has condensed the scale of his broad and deep knowledge of this subject into 650 pages of lively reading titled, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. Massie tells the story of her life, her struggles and her great successes with a level of detail and insight that will appeal to those readers of biography who crave for good stories and wise, critical examination. My knowledge of Catherine’s life was sketchy, so I was enthralled by Massie’s depiction of this enlightened leader’s prudence and risk taking. All readers will come away from this book with many reasons why she was a great leader.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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