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Peter the Great by Robert K. Massie
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Jan 25, 10

Read in January, 2010

I actually started this book in 2007 and lost interest about half way through. I picked it up again and really enjoyed it. There is a lot of history in this book (900 pages), and so much of it is really fascinating. Peter the Great brought Russian out of the dark ages--he opened their borders, created industry and commerce, he went abroad and learned from Europe everything he could, he shaped Russia into a military/naval power. He is one of those rare leaders who did not care about pomp, but about ability and he promoted people based on merit. My only complaint is that I had a difficult time staying focused during the many chapters dealing with war--specifically the Great Northern War. But the rest was completely enthralling.
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