Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Book #6

It’s done, and it was epic.
Until now, my very favorite biographer was David Herbert Donald who wrote about my beloved Lincoln.  I was changed by the scholarly book of his that read like a novel, and it was one of the first tomes that I completed so quickly that I had to read it again to make sure it had all really been read, not just  imagined. It had stuck, but was just as good the second time.
I am excited to report that I now have another biography to set on the shelf with Mr. Donald’s.
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie.
Russia has always been sort of on the periphery of world-happenings and history for me.  But, my recent studies have left me wanting to know so much more and when I noticed Mr. Massie’s new biography coming out last Fall, it intrigued me.  His subject, a somewhat irrelevant German princess who becomes one of the most influential women in all of the world, let alone the vast Empire of Russia, absolutely intrigued me.  His book did not disappoint.  At all.
I have to write a paper on this book for my European History class this semester so I will not go into detail about the book now, but will post my paper here after it’s graded so you can see why I enjoyed it so much. 
Have even an inkling of an interest in Russian history and are looking for a good place to dive in, or just want to read an amazing story about a naïve and vulnerable, but incredibly determined, passionate, and intelligent empress? 
This is it!
Onward and Forward to Book #7!


  1. This is fantastic! Sara just told me about this and this is fantastic. I wish I'd have known so I could have contributed some suggestions. I'll be here, thanks for doing it!

    1. Daner - I'm always looking for book suggestions! I'm going to be 40 next year! Lol! And, thanks for reading - that's a huge compliment coming from someone who can write like you can!