An ultra-fictionized, glib and somewhat lurid biography, which overplays the intimate aspects and underplays the important aspects of Catherine's career. Here you find, in more than adequate detail, an account of Catherine's lovers, with the emphasis on her relationship with Potemkin, gargantuan, one-eyed megalomaniac who was the dominant power in her life, never to be overruled, despite his successors. Four chapters, approximately, deal with the reign -- the balance with the bedlife. Fast-paced and glittering, say the publishers. Yes -- but what contribution to the literature on a dramatic period and figure. Designed for the sensation mongers and unexacting readers.