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This review is from: Peter The Great: His Life and World (Paperback)
This is one of the finest books in the English language. Massey details the life of one of history's most magnificent characters in a thoroughly readable narrative. From spectacular anecdotes about the eccentric Tsar's personal life to an inspiring account of Peter the Great's domestic and foreign political achievements this splendid tome keeps the reader entertained from cover to cover. There is certainly a bias running through the book, in particular when addressing the rather dubious demise of Peter's son, Alexei. However, we can certainly forgive Massey for this, as for what we lose in Massey's rather forgiving analysis of some of the darker aspects of Peter's character, we amply gain from Massey's ability to delicately craft the complex personality of the man. The reader is left awestruck and inspired.