By Robert K. Massie
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Against the huge canvas of 17th- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the brilliant tale of Peter the nice, topped co-tsar on the age of ten. Robert ok. Massie delves deep into the lifetime of this alluring old determine, chronicling the pivotal occasions that formed a boy right into a legend—including his “incognito” travels in Europe, his unquenchable interest approximately Western methods, his obsession with the ocean and institution of the stupendous Russian military, his production of an unbeatable military, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with these he enjoyed such a lot: Catherine, the strong but light peasant, his loving mistress, spouse, and successor; and Menshikov, the fascinating, daring, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and gear via Peter’s friendship. Impetuous and obdurate, beneficiant and vicious, soft and unforgiving, a guy of huge power and complexity, Peter the good is introduced totally to lifestyles.