70% done with Peter the Great: His Life and World

For a book about Peter the Great we get quite a lot of it about King Charles instead. However, to tell the story of one man requires the telling of the other. You could not tell the story of Athens without also Sparta or Churchill without Hitler.

All things being equal, were I to go back in time and be forced to pick a side to fight for, I would have a hard time passing up the Swedish army. Charles was bad-ass.