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From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie—also available are Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs

Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten. The acclaimed author of Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie delves deep into the life of this captivating historical figure, chronicling the pivotal events that shaped a boy into a legend—including his “incognito” travels in Europe, his unquenchable curiosity about Western ways, his obsession with the sea and establishment of the stupendous Russian navy, his creation of an unbeatable army, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine, the robust yet gentle peasant, his loving mistress, wife, and successor; and Menshikov, the charming, bold, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and power through Peter’s friendship. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, tender and unforgiving, a man of enormous energy and complexity, Peter the Great is brought fully to life.
The Modern Library of the World’s Best Books
Peter the Great
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“Enthralling . . . as fascinating as any novel and more so than most.”The New York Times Book Review
Nicholas and Alexandra
“A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible.”—Harper’s
The Romanovs
“Riveting . . . unfolds like a detective story.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Biographies & Memoirs
September 12
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Sheega5 ,

Peter The Great - His Life

Incredibly informative and interesting. The characters are richly described and come to life. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Russian or European history. Enjoyable.

Liverdrome ,

Great, and then some.

I loved this book. It brought to life the man and his times, and what times they were! The story is incredible. Peter’s ability to forge a nation into a world power from a backwater, backward looking country while fighting a war for survival against one of the greatest and most determined military leaders of his time, King Charles XII of Sweden is without equal.

I am a Navy man and sailor and felt a kindred spirit with Peter’s love for the sea.

Dyydcgs ,

Truly Amazing

Possibly one of the best books I have ever read. I have read it multiple times and with no doubt will read it again. Massey pulls the reader into the age of fire and steel, and anyone can read this book. You don’t need a fascination of history because Massey writes this book like a novel. Really Great.

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