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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452011205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452011205
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,878,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Prix Goncourt winning French historian Henri Troyat, renowned author of Tolstoy, Pushkin and other giants of Russian history turns his attention to the liberal, ambitious and totally ruthless Catherine the Great ¿ Empress of All the Russias. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Theoretically a straightforward biography, it illumines far more than the life of that amazing woman; a brilliant court, Russia itself, sparkle before our eyes” Antonia Fraser The Good Book Guide. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
This was a very enjoyable book. A little long on the many, and I mean many, romantic flings that Catherine had and a little short on the foreign policy issues facing Russia and this time. As a result, the book sometimes teeters on becoming a romance novel or soap opera. However, it is especially strong in covering Catherine's early years, her relationship with Elizabeth and her ascension to power. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in Czarist Russia, dynamic characters such as Catherine, or just good historical novels. Strung together well, holds your attention, and wonderfully written. Good research with an abundance of original letters to draw upon and discuss in context.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan. 1998
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I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that this biography, unlike others I've read, was a page turner as well as an eye-opener. In fact,it was one of the best books I have ever read. Informative to the hilt, it takes the reader through the life of Catherine II from her birth to her death, with excerps from her Memoires and correspondences over the years. It read like some romance novels I've experienced, full of Court intrigue and brimming with affairs. Catherine the Great was truly deserving of her title. I would highly recommend this book to everybody. Even if you don't like biography, I guarantee you won't realize you're reading one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1998
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Catherine the Great was a wonderful read. It masterfully followed the intrigues of court life and all its complexities. One learned a great deal of information regarding Catherine, some through personal letters of her own. Troyat did a remarkable job with this biography. Anyone interested in Russian history, or even someone merely interested in a twisting tale such as one you might find in a work of fiction--Catherine is definitely a go!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Hamelberg on 2 Nov. 2001
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It is seldom you get a truly History book that is also a joy to read. The man can write so despite the numerous facts you actually get a glimpse of the lady like only a novelist can give.
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