Frederick the Great: A Life in Deed and Letters
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Frederick the Great: A Life in Deed and Letters

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Piet and soldier, misanthrope and philospher, Frederick the Great was a contradictory, almost unfathomable man. His conquests made him one of the most formindable and feared leaders of his era. But as a patron of artists and intellectuals, Frederick re-created Berlin as one of the continent's great cities, matching his state's reputation for military ferocity with one for...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 24th 2001 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1999)
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Goodreads is telling me constantly they are over capacity, although I really think the problem could be other things. Anyway, I don't know if it will save this. It wouldn't save the number of stars. I'll have to go back and do that.

This is a 2-star book for several reasons. First, the author had the intention of covering Frederick's personal, civic, and war adventures - much too much, unless you have previously read other books about him.

Related to that, another difficulty is that there is not...more
An interesting and engaging, multi-faceted biography of Frederic the Great. The Polish translation which I've read is rather mediocre and at times flawed, but the book as such is well worth reading for those interested in the period.
Cynthia Karl
Biographies and history are my favorite reading genres and I hoped this book would fill in a lot of holes in my knowledge about Frederick the Great and this time period. Unfortunately, I found the writing choppy and the organization of the book disjointed. The one tidbit I did come away with was that Voltaire was a real prima donna and pain in the ass.
Read for school, not for pleasure so no formal review. While this is packed with information about Frederick, it was pretty boring and I fell asleep twice while reading it.
Maria Marinas
If you want to have a good account of Frederick the Great, this is the book to read. As usual with Mcdonough, the writing is easy, precise and witty.
A great and fairly unbiased biography of Frederick the Great. I highly recommend this book.
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Giles MacDonogh (born 1955) is a British writer, historian and translator.

MacDonogh has worked as a journalist, most notably for the Financial Times (1988–2003), where he covered food, drink and a variety of other subjects. He has also contributed to most of the other important British newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the Times . As an historian, MacDonogh concentrates on central Eur...more
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