Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.
'A sensitive and compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman' Newsweek. 'A masterful portrait of a majestic monarch' Publishers Weekly. 'A biographer with the instincts of a novelist' New York Times.