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Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
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really liked it

I do not normally finish biographies... this one kept me enthralled

I am a little disturbed as a woman about why it was fascinating.

Let's be clear: Catherine the Great did everything I previously knew about Russia - and It's not like the book does not give her non romantic accomplishments full credit.

But he spends a lot of titillating words into her lovers. I loved those parts, but I I have to wonder if a king and his mistresses would have gotten the same proportion of coverage in a biographical account.

I'd actually like it if it did.

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Robert K. Massie
“She sent me a bottle with a liquid composed of lemon juice, egg white and French brandy. In a few days my sunburn disappeared and since then I have always used this mixture. One”
Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Robert K. Massie
“I would say about myself that I was a true gentleman with a mind more male than female, but, together with this, I was anything but masculine and, combined with the mind and character of a man, I possessed the attractions of a loveable woman. May I be pardoned for offering this candid expression of my feelings instead of trying to cover them a veil of false modesty. This”
Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Reading Progress

November 3, 2015 – Shelved
November 3, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
October 4, 2016 – Started Reading
November 1, 2016 –
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November 27, 2016 – Finished Reading

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