Peter the Great: His Life and World. Robert Massie. NY: Knopf, 1980. 1st edition. BOMC. 909 pages. Photos and maps, map endpapers. Illustrated in color. Hardcover with dust jacket in a protective clear Mylar cover. Text about fine condition (few pages creased) jacket worn, chipped, couple of tape repairs, 2" piece missing from bottom spine. No markings or names. 1 copy only.
Peter I (aka The Great) is a story that could only originate from Russia, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries. Massie portrays Tsar (or Czar) Peter in extraordinary detail who was crowned at the age of ten. He writes about Peter's “incognito” travels in Europe, his ravenous curiosity about the West, his fascination with the sea and the navy, which he forged along with an unsurpassable army, and his arm-twisting (among other acts) transformation of Russia. Massie also wrote, together with his then-wife Suzanne, the definitive biography of Nicholas and Alexandra. He has also written The Romanovs: The Final Chapter and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.