28% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

What I love about this book is that it is much more than just being about Peter, it’s about the whole world at the beginning of the 18th century.

Each new country he visits with his Grand Embassy is introduced by Massie in terms of the culture, economics, traditions, problems, and through Peter we too get to experience a European tour with fresh eyes and can see how Russia fit into the ‘modern’ world.