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5.0 out of 5 stars
Peter the Great, 1 Oct 2003
A previously unknown subject to me, Massie succeeds in attaching you to the 'hero' like all good story tellers. The author has great ability in associating the life of Peter with the times he lived in, both in Russia and Europe as a whole (the chapters on Charles XII are captivating).
Best still is the build up to the battle of Poltava, one almost forgets that it is historical fact and pages are turned in anticipation of what will happen next. A book best enjoyed as a story, not just a history.