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Mr. Michael A. Crumpton

Assistant Dean for Administrative Services, University Libraries

Mr. Michael A. Crumpton

Peter the Great
by Robert K. Massie

Although this book has gained fame and recognition for its portrayal of the time period and Russia's role in world history, embraced and enhanced by Peter's tenacity toward progress, I value this book for the depiction of Peter's leadership insights and style during a pivotal period of his country's development. This book tells the story of a man who became a great leader against enormous adversity to make his world a better place for his people. His self development of leadership skills from the foundation of normal human abilities contain inspiration for generations to come and as well as still apply to today's society.