About Robert K. Massie
Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Yale University, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he read Modern History. For four years, he served as an air intelligence officer aboard aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. His most recent book, Catherine the Great, has been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction by the American Library Association.
Mr. Massie was on the staff of Newsweek from 1959 to 1962, where he was a book reviewer, foreign news writer, and United Nations Bureau Chief. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and other publications. Over the years, he has been an historical adviser to, and has made frequent appearances on, a number of national television programs and documentaries.
Mr. Massie’s interest in the imperial family of Russia (the Romanovs) was triggered by the birth of his oldest son, who was born with hemophilia, a hereditary disease that also afflicted Tsar Nicholas’s son, Alexei. His first book, Nicholas and Alexandra (1969), which remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for 46 weeks, was translated into seventeen languages, and made into a film nominated for nine Academy Awards. Over six million copies of this book have been sold around the world. Mr. Massie’s next book, Journey, written with his first wife, was an account of their family’s experience with hemophilia. Journey was followed by Peter the Great: His Life and World, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Peter the Great became a major network miniseries, winning three Emmy Awards. Mr. Massie then went on to write Dreadnought: Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War, The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.