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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.
PRAISE FOR CATHERINE THE GREAT "Massie once again delivers a masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "[A] rich, nuanced examination of Russia's lone female leader..."--The Daily Beast "What Catherine the Great offers is a great story in the hands of a master storyteller."--The Wall Street Journal "Dense and detailed, enriched by pages of full-color illustrations, Massie's latest will transport history lovers." --People "What a woman, what a world, what a biography." --USA Today "[Massie] hasn't lost his mojo. . . . a consistently nimble and buoyant performances . . . [Massie] has always been a biographer with the instincts of a novelist. He understands plot--fate--as a function of character, and the narrative perspective he establishes and maintains, a vision tightly aligned with that of his subject, convinces a reader he's not so much looking at Catherine the Great as he is out of her eyes. . . juicy and suspenseful." -- Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times Book Review "A meticulously, dramatically rendered biography..." --O, The Oprah Magazine "What a Woman!" --Elle magazine "In Catherine the Great, Massie has created a sensitive and compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman."--Newsweek "[A] meticulously detailed work about Catherine and her world...Massie makes Catherine's story as gripping as that of any novel. His book does full justice to a complex and fascinating woman and to the age in which she lived." -- Historical Novels Review