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Peter the Great - His Life & World, Modern Library

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Zusatztext “Enthralling . . . as fascinating as any novel and more so than most.”— The New York Times Book Review “Urgently readable . . . the work of a master of narrative history.”— Newsweek “Written in a style that combines vigor! clarity! and sensitivity . . . should be the envy of historians and novelists alike.”— Chicago Sun-Times   “Fascinating . . . an absorbing book.”— The Plain Dealer   “Exceptional.”— The New Yorker Informationen zum Autor 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 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, Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman . Robert K. Massie died in 2019. Klappentext From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie-also available are Nicholas and Alexandra and The RomanovsAgainst 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 1 Old Muscovy Around Moscow, the country rolls gently up from the rivers winding in silvery loops across the pleasant landscape. Small lakes and patches of woods are sprinkled among the meadowlands. Here and there, a village appears, topped by the onion dome of its church. People are walking through the fields on dirt paths lined with weeds. Along the riverbanks, they are fishing, swimming and lying in the sun. It is a familiar Russian scene, rooted in centuries. In the third quarter of the seventeenth century, the traveler coming from Western Europe passed through this countryside to arrive at a vantage point known as the Sparrow Hills. Looking down on Moscow from this high ridge, he saw at his feet “the most rich and beautiful city in the world.” Hundreds of golden domes topped by a forest of golden crosses rose above the treetops; if the traveler was present at a moment when the sun touched all this gold, the blaze of light forced his eyes to close. The white-­walled churches beneath these domes were scattered through a city as large as London. At the center, on a modest hill, stood the citadel of the Kremlin, the glory of Moscow, with its three magnificent cathedrals, its ...

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Authors Robert K. Massie
Publisher Modern Library PRH US
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 18.09.2012
EAN 9780679645603
ISBN 978-0-679-64560-3
No. of pages 1136
Dimensions 150 mm x 215 mm x 60 mm
Series Modern Library (Hardcover)
Subjects Humanities, art, music > History
Non-fiction book > Philosophy, religion > Biographies, autobiographies

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