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This review is from: Peter the Great: His Life and World (Paperback)
Whilst it would be difficult to make a history of Peter the Great uninteresting, Massie's biography is one of the best history books I've read.
Sufficiently detailed for the 'serious reader', it is also a wonderfully well written general account of the early eighteenth century. The book also contains numerous anecdotes; my favourite being how Peter's entourage stayed at John Evelyn's house in Deptford - and destroyed the grounds by racing in wheelbarrows before tipping people into hedges.