"What a woman!" That's what you're sure to say after reading CALLIOPE's Catherine the Great. Imagine a young girl, not even Russian, becoming the ruler of that vast country! How did she do it? For the real scoop, you'll have to read this issue. Here's a sneak peek: To prepare herself for the role of empress, she changed her name and her religion and she learned Russian. When her husband left on a "short" trip, she took control of the government - and won. The capital, St. Petersburg, became her city - and wow, what she did to it! She was a great "blogger," which, in those days, meant letter-writer. She had a passion for culture - you're sure to be amazed at how she proved this! Never one to miss an opportunity: When she heard of a new method for preventing smallpox, she quickly decided, "Why not?" and had herself and her son and grandchildren inoculated. She loved France, but when the Revolution started, "Power to the people" would never become a motto for her. No, Catherine fought hard not to relinquish power. She said, "I shall be an autocrat, that's my job!"