Robert K. Massie


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in Lexington, The United States
January 01, 1929

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Robert Kinloch Massie (born 1929) is an American historian, writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and a Rhodes Scholar.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929, Massie spent much of his youth in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in Westchester County, New York in the village of Irvington. He studied American history at Yale University and modern European history at Oxford University on his Rhodes Scholarship. Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from 1959 to 1964 and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post.

After he and his family left America for France, Massie wrote and published his breakthrough book, Nicholas and Alexandra, a biography of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra of Hesse, and thei
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Catherine the Great: Portra...

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Nicholas and Alexandra

4.26 avg rating — 21,748 ratings — published 1967 — 57 editions
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Peter the Great: His Life a...

4.23 avg rating — 11,175 ratings — published 1980 — 49 editions
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The Romanovs: The Final Cha...

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Dreadnought

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Castles of Steel

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“There would be no Lenin without Rasputin.”
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“The love of power and the power to attract love were not easy to reconcile.”
Robert K Massie, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

“To prove to [her friend, Swedish diplomat Count] Gyllenborg that she was not superficial, Catherine composed an essay about herself, "so that he would see whether I knew myself or not." The next day, she wrote and handed to Gyllenborg an essay titled 'Portrait of a Fifteen-Year-Old Philosopher.' He was impressed and returned it with a dozen pages of comments, mostly favorable. "I read his remarks again and again, many times [Catherine later recalled in her memoirs]. I impressed them on my consciousness and resolved to follow his advice. In addition, there was something else surprising: one day, while conversing with me, he allowed the following sentence to slip out: 'What a pity that you will marry! I wanted to find out what he meant, but he would not tell me.”
Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

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