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Truly Great, 15 May 2006
Ms. Rounding's book on Catherine the Great highlights her rightful claim to be called 'Great'. Catherine comes across clearly as a great statesperson that combined strong ambition, intelligence, and vision of her Imperial position and place in history. She expected unvarnished and well-argued counsel from her advisors to ensure reasoned decisions of state and consistent with her championing the Age of Enlightenment and the welfare of her peoples.
In addition to these strong 'professional' attributes, Ms. Rounding also shows Catherine's human frailty and deep hunger to love and to be loved.
In the end, Ms. Rounding, has brought to life a remarkable ruler that combined statesmanship at the highest level with an insatiable appetite for serious and petty lovers.