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Catherine of all the Russias: a strong and successful figurehead

Advantages: Good, objective biography of a powerful figure
Disadvantages: Some tangential material could have been omitted

... The book This biography tells the story of the woman who was to become Catherine the Great, who reigned as Empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796. Born Sophia Augusta Frederica of the modest German principality Anhalt-Zerbst in 1729, ...

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Review of Catherine the Great - Robert K. Massie

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An Enlightened Empress

Advantages: Fascinating subject, written with authority, well paced and never dry
Disadvantages: None

Catherine the Great was ruler of Russia in the eighteenth century.Born Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Herbst, she was brought to Russia by the Empress Elizabeth as bride to her nephew and heir, Peter. The marriage however was not happy, and when Peter ascended ...

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A vain pursuit of paradise on earth

Advantages: Interesting look at father-daughter relationship against eventful time in US history
Disadvantages: Probably for the specialist rather than the general reader

Louisa May Alcott of ‘Little Women’ fame and her father, Amos Bronson, shared the same birthday. She was born on 29 November 1832, his thirty-third. Throughout their lives, father and daughter remained extraordinarily close, and even came close to dying t ...

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Review of Eden's Outcasts - John Matteson

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STRENGTH AND ENDEAVOUR OVER ADVERSITY

Advantages: Details human spirit and courage against adversity
Disadvantages: Eventually the couple drift apart

Some other Rainbow is the story of the capture of John McCarthy and the endeavours made by Jill Morrell to ensure his release. The book begins with John and Jill's blossoming friendship,together with some background details regarding both their career ...

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Review of Some Other Rainbow - John McCarthy

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Kidnapped.

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I'm not sure why I bought this book. I'd been swept along with the country's fascination in the most strained love story to hit the headlines for many years. If it hadn't have been for Jill Morrell's desperate attempts to keep people focussed on her boyfr ...

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Review of Some Other Rainbow - John McCarthy

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