Robert K. Massie: 1929 – 2019

By Allan Spencer | December 5 2019 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Robert K. Massie, a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer and biographer who is best known for chronicling the history of Russia through his insightful books on its most fascinating and consequential figures, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2019, at age 90.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Massie studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He began researching the Romanov family while working as a journalist for The Saturday Evening Post, eventually leaving that job to pursue his research and historical writing full time. At the time of his death, he lived in Irvington, New York, with his wife, the literary agent Deborah Karl.

His first book, Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty, was published in 1967. Massie’s abiding interest in the Russian imperial house continued with the publication of Peter the Great: His Life and World, which was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, and his final book, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman. He is also the author of the World War I naval histories Dreadnought and Castles of Steel.

Nicholas and Alexandra
The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
978-0-345-43831-7
Nicholas and Alexandra offers a fascinating account of the last of the Romanov dynasty, the love affair of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, their family, their involvement with Rasputin, and the revolution that transformed imperial Russia.
$20.00 US
Feb 01, 2000
Paperback
640 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Peter the Great: His Life and World
978-0-345-29806-5
Against the monumental canvas of 17th- and 18th-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great–one of the most extraordinary rulers in history. He brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the power that has its legacy in the Russia of our own century.
$24.00 US
Oct 12, 1981
Paperback
928 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
978-0-345-40640-8
Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great, and The Romanovs--ROBERT K. MASSIE's classic masterpieces--are now available in gorgeously repackaged Random House Trade Paperback editions, to tie in with Massie's landmark new bestseller, Catherine the Great (Random House hardcover).
$18.00 US
Oct 01, 1996
Paperback
352 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
978-0-345-40877-8
“[A] tale of power, perseverance and passion . . . a great story in the hands of a master storyteller.”—The Wall Street Journal
$22.00 US
Sep 18, 2012
Paperback
672 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Castles of Steel
Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
978-0-345-40878-5
Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.
$22.00 US
Nov 02, 2004
Paperback
896 Pages
Ballantine Books