Robert K. Massie

Robert Kinloch Massie III (January 5, 1929 – December 2, 2019) was an American journalist and historian. He devoted much of his career to studying and writing about the House of Romanov, Russia’s imperial family from 1613 to 1917. Massie was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Peter the Great: His Life and and World. He also received awards for his book, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011).

His book, Nicolas and Alexandra (1967), was adapted as a British film by the same name that was released in 1971. It starred Laurence Olivier, Michael Jayston, and Janet Suzman.

Books in order of publication:

Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Atheneum, 1967;  

Journey (Knopf, 1975) with Suzanne Massie,

Peter the Great: His Life and World (Knopf, 1980,

Last Courts of Europe: Royal Family Album, 1860–1914 (Vendome Press, 1981) introductory text; picture research and description by Jeffrey Finestone,

Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the coming of the Great War (Random House, 1991)

There’s an Old Southern Saying: The Wit and Wisdom of Dan May (Crabby Keys Press, 1993), foreword; compiled by William May Stern,

The Romanovs: The Final Chapter (Random House, 1995),

 Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea (Ballantine Books, 2004

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Random House, 2011),

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