Robert K. Massie

Catherine the Great — The Progressive Russian Autocrat?

Catherine the Great — The Progressive Russian Autocrat?

While perusing the offerings from my local library online, a biography of Catherine the Great–the former Empress Catherine II of Russia–caught my eye. I knew next-to-nothing about Catherine. To be honest, I only recognized the name because I had played her as a character a few times in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV. But I always enjoy a good biography, so I decided to rent and read this particular book, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K.