Monday, November 26, 2012

Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert Massie

I just finished reading the Pullitzer Prize winning book Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert Massie. It was interesting to see that since the book was written in 1980 it is not accurate with regards to the current state of Russia.  That aside, it is an extremely well written and documented biography.  It started out slow and spent more time than was necessary on the fact that he led a dissipated life as a youth but once we were beyond adolescence the book became riveting.  The Great Northern War between Russia and Sweden is a pivotal point in Russian history and Massie brings these events to life.  At times while reading I felt as if I were there listening to Tsar Peter and Charles XII as they fought for supremacy.  This is definitely a 4.5 out of 5 star book.