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The Resource Catherine the Great : [portrait of a woman], by Robert K. Massie, (sound recording)

Catherine the Great : [portrait of a woman], by Robert K. Massie, (sound recording)

Label
Catherine the Great : [portrait of a woman]
Title
Catherine the Great
Title remainder
[portrait of a woman]
Statement of responsibility
by Robert K. Massie
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne, attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire. She knew or corresponded with the preeminent historical figures of her time: Voltaire, Diderot, Frederick the Great, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette, and, surprisingly, the American naval hero, John Paul Jones. Reaching the throne fired by Enlightenment philosophy and determined to become the embodiment of the "benevolent despot" idealized by Montesquieu, she found herself always contending with the deeply ingrained realities of Russian life, including serfdom. She persevered, and for thirty-four years the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution that swept across Europe. Her reputation depended entirely on the perspective of the speaker. She was praised by Voltaire as the equal of the greatest of classical philosophers; she was condemned by her enemies, mostly foreign, as "the Messalina of the north." Catherine's family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies -- all are here, vividly described. These included her ambitious, perpetually scheming mother; her weak, bullying husband, Peter (who left her lying untouched beside him for nine years after their marriage); her unhappy son and heir, Paul; her beloved grandchildren; and her "favorites" -- the parade of young men from whom she sought companionship and the recapture of youth as well as sex. Here, too, is the giant figure of Gregory Potemkin, her most significant lover and possible husband, with whom she shared a passionate correspondence of love and separation, followed by seventeen years of unparalleled mutual achievement. The story is superbly told. All the special qualities that Robert K. Massie brought to Nicholas and Alexandra and Peter the Great are present here: historical accuracy, depth of understanding, felicity of style, mastery of detail, ability to shatter myth, and a rare genius for finding and expressing the human drama in extraordinary lives. History offers few stories richer in drama than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, this eternally fascinating woman is returned to life. - Publisher
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TEFBT
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1929-
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Massie, Robert K.
Dewey number
  • 947/.063092
  • B
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
DK170
LC item number
.M34 2011ab
Literary text for sound recordings
  • biography
  • history
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by Mark Deakins
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Deakins, Mark
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  • Catherine
  • Empresses
  • Russia
  • Russia
Target audience
adult
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not applicable
Label
Catherine the Great : [portrait of a woman], by Robert K. Massie, (sound recording)
Instantiates
Publication
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  • Subtitle from container
  • Unabridged
  • Compact discs
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Control code
ocn747426391
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged
Extent
19 sound discs (ca. 76 min. each)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780307970213
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
RHA3517
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)747426391
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
Catherine the Great : [portrait of a woman], by Robert K. Massie, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Subtitle from container
  • Unabridged
  • Compact discs
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Control code
ocn747426391
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged
Extent
19 sound discs (ca. 76 min. each)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780307970213
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
RHA3517
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)747426391
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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