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Empresses

Sep 28, 2012 — At No. 9, Robert K. Massie's Catherine The Great reconstructs the life of an 18th-century empress.
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Nov 5, 2011 — Biographer Robert Massie explains how Catherine II read books to escape the misery of her unhappy marriage. When she became empress in 1762, she championed the ideals of the French Enlightenment during her 34-year reign over Russia.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Empress by Shan Sa, Sa Shan, and Adriana Hunter. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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May 26, 2006 — Here's a way to travel, without suffering the high prices of fuel these days: Read one of Alan Cheuse's summer reading book picks. One of them is bound to move you someplace beyond your beach chair.
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May 26, 2006 — This book is part pageant, part politics as ballet, all in all a lavish portrayal of life in early civilized China. Alan Cheuse selects Shan Sa's novel in his annual roundup of summer reading choices for All Things Considered.
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