The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.
"Loved everyone minute!"
Born an obscure German princess who suffered under the control of a domineering, narcissistic mother, the 14-year-old Princess Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst seemed to be destined for a minor marriage and a forgettable career. Destiny had other plans for her: summoned to Russia, then considered by most Europeans to be a vast, primitive wasteland, devoid of culture or sophistication, she became the Grand Duchess Ekaterina, wife of the future emperor Peter III.
Prize-winning historian and biographer, Carolly Erickson has created an eminently readable biography that recognizes the humanity of Great Catherine—Empress of Russia—with her majesty and immense capability. Dispelling some of the myths surrounding her voracious sexual appetite, the biographer portrays Catherine as a lonely woman far ahead of her time—achieving greatness in an era when women were executed on a husband’s whim.
"What a woman. Sad to reach the end. Well read."
Perfect for fans of Hilary Mantel, Alison Weir, and Philippa Gregory, Empress of the Night is Eva Stachniak’s engrossing new novel, told in the voice of Catherine the Great as the Romanov monarch reflects on her ascension to the throne, her rule over the world’s greatest power, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and commanding woman of her time.
"Good but not as "Great" as the first book"
For anyone trying to understand the origins of modern Russia, the search should begin with Tsar Peter I (1672-1725), who titled himself Peter the Great during his lifetime. The moniker is fitting, considering the manner in which Peter brought Russia out of the Middle Ages and into the 18th century.
As one of the most famous women rulers in history, Russian Empress Catherine the Great has long been remembered not only as one of the most powerful women of her time, but she was also one of the most powerful and capable rulers in all of Europe. And her path to the throne was just as remarkable as her reign.
A little English, a little Russian, and a lot of heart make a birthday celebration you won't want to miss! When Sara's grandma, Catherine the Great, suddenly announces, "This year for my birthday, I want no presents! I have music in my Russian bones, and laughing in my heart. I have the day and the night, and I have all of you," Sara is surprised. How can Grandma have a birthday party with no presents?" Her mama explains that a no present can be anything from a kiss or a hug to a game of gin rummy - as long as it comes from deep inside you.
When Vavara, a young orphaned Polish girl, is brought to serve at Empress Elizabeth's glittering, dangerous court in St Petersburg, she is schooled by the Chancellor himself in skills from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent - and listen. Soon, she is Elizabeth's 'tongue' - her secret eyes and ears. Then Sophie, a vulnerable young princess, arrives from Prussia as a prospective bride for Elizabeth's heir.
Jesus Christ foreordained the existence of a woman born 9-15-57 with the genes of Catherine the Great and King David. As part of his divine plan, Jesus Christ ensured the genes in this baby came out as prophesied in Zechariah 9:15. She is the sling stones or King David woman.
Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.
"Not a bodice ripper!"
"So what's he like?" hissed Battista. "Like a pile of pig's guts," Camilla moaned. "He's about a hundred years old, and he stinks, and I'll just DIE if I have to marry him!" Find out how a girl with attitude takes on a whole town when she decides she's as good as anybody - even though her dad IS a sewage collector.
Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter and the leaves on the trees are slowly turning from green to yellow to orange and red. Fall is upon us, which means it is time to get out and explore the countryside to enjoy the annual color show that forests across American put on this time of year. From Montana to Virginia, New York to Ohio, here are our favorite highways, byways and small towns across the USA to check out the autumn foliage.
700,000 people are expected to attend the North American International Auto Show when it opens in Detroit on January 16th. In addition to the more than 700 new cars on display, attendees will see an industry transformed. Since last year's show, General Motors and Chrysler have gone in and out of bankruptcy; Chrysler is now run by Fiat; and Toyota announced its first loss in almost 60 years.
Hear British investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark on this edition of Fresh Air. Their new book is Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons. It's about Pakistan's clandestine nuclear network and America's role in condoning and aiding Pakistan's nuclear ambitions.
Writer/producer Andy Breckman, actor Tony Shalhoub, writer/director Nicole Holofcener, and actress Catherine Keener on this edition of Fresh Air. Andy Breckman of the new USA Network series Monk about a detective with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. It stars actor Tony Shalhoub. Breckman was one of the original writers of Late Night with David Letterman. And he's written screenplays for I.Q., Sgt. Bilko, and Rat Race.
Eric Kandel is joined by Ben Barres, chair of neurobiology at Stanford University, Norman Spack of Boston Children’s Hospital, Catherine Dulac of Harvard University, Melissa Hines of University of Cambridge, and Janet Hyde of University of Wisconsin, for a conversation about gender identity and the biology of the brain.
Charlie Rose's series on the Brain, with: Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Catherine Dulac of Harvard University, Susanne Shultz of the University of Manchester, Charles Nelson of Harvard Medical School, Margaret Spinelli of Columbia University, and pediatrician David Levine.
A conversation with Masayoshi Son, founder, C.E.O and chairman of SoftBank Corporation. Next, a conversation with Catherine Deneuve on her latest film On My Way.
News of the World phone hacking scandal, with Roger Cohen, Alan Rusbridger, Catherine Mayer, and Alastair Campbell. Next, a conversation with anthropologist and physician, Paul Farmer.