If only history had been taught like this in school. As the Professor points out, I wouldn't have had time to read a tome such as this when I was in high school, but I don't think I would have forgotten the historical content, had it appealed this much to me then.
Catherine, her life from being a German princess, to Russian despot, as seen from her point of view....well, as much as can be gleaned from her own and others memoirs and letters. The perfect historical novel, written by a witty scholar.
This is a huge book, but it is going really quickly and I am smitten with it. Today is the perfect dark day to curl up and pretend one is part of the Russian court.