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Николай II: жизнь и смерть

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Уникальное художественно-историческое исследование жизни последнего русского царя основано на редких, ранее не публиковавшихся архивных документах. В книгу вошли отрывки из дневников Николая и членов его семьи, переписка царя и царицы, доклады министров ивоеначальников, дипломатическая почта и донесения разведки. Последние месяцы жизни царской семьи и обстоятельства ее гиб ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published 2006 by Вагриус (first published 1992)
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Bob Mayer
Feb 08, 2016 Bob Mayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago, but had to pull it off the shelf for the book I'm finishing writing; Time Patrol: Ides of March, because one of the six missions in my book is on 15 March 1917. The day Nicholas II abdicated. This book is an extraordinarily detailed account of how the events unfolded. Some don't believe the author's claim that the execution of the family was ordered by Siberian Bolsheviks, but new evidence supports that.

While I'm focusing on only one day, and not even on the Tsar, b
Nov 19, 2008 Denis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books about Russia's past history. Surprisingly very moving, but also very well written, this massive book is filled with such extravagance, drama, love, adventures and heartbreaks of all kinds that it reads more like fiction than real history - and yet, everything is true, to the last details (and Radzinsky has done an amazing research job). Truly a superb book, one of the very best and most interesting written about this period. Radzinsky remains impartial and objective, an ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While providing a tidbit here and there that I wasn't aware of, this book was distasteful to me. It reads like a sensationalist journal rather than a historian's account. The Massie book on Nicholas II was much more concise and professional, and much less hysterical--Massie was not looking for strange patterns and mysticisms, as Radzinsky seems to have been. Skip this one, as it is not really worth your time, and offers very, very little new on a subject that has been written on by many others.
Jul 12, 2007 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are interested in Russian history
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this quite a while ago, but I really enjoyed it. Based largely on documents released by the Russian government during the 90's and on journals entries from members of Nicholas II and his family, the author simultaneously unravels and adds to the mystery surrounding the last years of the tsar's life and the execution of his family during the Russian revolution.
Jan 27, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl interested in Russian history
Wow. This book had a lot of info. I had no trouble following along with the first half, which was mostly explaining family relations (there is a nice little family tree diagram at the front) and stories from when Nicholas was born up until he took the throne. Then the story moved into quotes from his diary and her diary, and their letters to each other when he was away. Reading the excerpts from the diaries while in exile was interesting. It was when the book moved into all the political names a ...more
Jul 30, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
Excellent! Lots of facts and history to plow through but totally worth it. Uncovers true historical facts of what really happened to the Romanov's. The first time some of these documents have been published from the Russian archives. If you love Russian history or have an interest in the Romanov's I highly recommend it.
Robert Alexander
A great follow-up to Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra. It's written in a quirky Russian style, a bit difficult to get into...but ultimately it pays off handsomely by telling the story of the last days of the royal family from a decidedly Russian point of view.
Miriam Reeves
Jun 24, 2009 Miriam Reeves rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was filled with great facts and history but it was poorly written. Even History books should keep our attention shouldn't they?
Dec 19, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs only--or those who can take it with a grain of salt
The first half of the book, encompassing (very much in brief) the life of Nicholas II, is some of the worst historical work I've read since having the misfortune of picking up Simon Dixon's "biography" of Catherine the Great. Details are sparing, information is sketchy, and there are enough twists and turns of logic to make one's head spin. Among other assertions the author expects us to take as fact: Rasputin really did have mystic powers; Alexandra was hysterical and borderline insane through ...more
Terry Bonner
Jun 13, 2012 Terry Bonner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a totally engaging biography. I could not put it down. The Nicholas who emerges in these pages is both despicable and sympathetic. He is a nebbish placed by a capricious fortune at the vortex of history. He is a basically decent man who occupies a corrupt, indecent office. His naivete is both endearing and criminal. Radzinsky is no apologist for the unfortunate last of the Romanovs; neither is he judgmental, at least in regard to Nicholas himself. The Tsarina, on the other hand, suffers ...more
Maan Kawas
Jul 06, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unforgettable, wonderful, powerfully written and vivid, but disturbing and touching book! The best I have ever read so far about the last tsar, Nicholas II and his family. The book is filled with detailed information based on documents, research, investigations, meetings, first-hand witnesses’ information, and personal diaries. I loved so much the insertion of some extracts of the Tsar’s and the Tsaritsa’s letters and diaries. The book reveals the good, gentle, kind, but weak and spineless ch ...more
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I noted somewhere before, I continue to be fascinated with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, with the whole history of the Russian czars and with the arrest and deaths of the last Czar, Nicholas II, and his family.

Rather than a dry history, Radzinsky uses documents that were opened from archives, personal histories & diaries from those individuals involved in the Romanov assassinations and from Nicholas & Alexandra themselves to create a very good study of what actually happened to N
Lauren Albert
This was an odd book. While Radzinsky's digging in the newly-opened Soviet archives provides fascinating information, I had some problems with the book. He has a habit--which grows annoying--of constantly making reference to tragic future events while narrating peoples' lives. He also indulges in a fair amount of speculation about events and people's thoughts and feelings. The closing section in which he tries to find out about the final days of the Romanovs is especially confusing---leaving thi ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I found this such an interesting read on the history of Nicholas the II... I learned a lot about Russian history that I never knew before, and thoroughly enjoyed this read... and yes... His last days were terrifying.
Brian Bigelow
Sep 24, 2016 Brian Bigelow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did find the writing a bit tedious at times. Nonetheless, I continued on.
This book is a very in depth look at the last days of the last Czar, Nicholas II. Did think it was very well researched.
Dee Mellott
Dec 09, 2014 Dee Mellott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent read...
Stephen Case
I wrote in an earlier review about the apocalypse that the Russian revolution must have been to Christians who lived through it, those who had come of age in a self-consciously, imperially Christian nation finding themselves citizens of an atheistic regime in active and open revolt against the structures of the faith. But what about the ruling family themselves, the Romanovs? This book is a portrait of the life of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, focusing on the tragedy of his final months an ...more
David Groves
I learned a lot from this book, but I was also frustrated with it. This is the type of book that historians write to prove a new point, and I respect the author for that. After glasnost, Radzinsky seems to have been given access to the communist archives as pertains to the execution of Nicholas II and his family, and he cleared up many mysteries from that time. Obviously, that's important. But to do that, he has to include soooo many details that the general reader gets lost, drowned in the minu ...more
Back when I was a real person, I lived in Bloomington, Indiana, and I used to trawl all the town's bookstores looking for books about Nicholas, with whom I became fascinated during the summer of 2008 and outright obsessed with over the course of 2009. Caveat Emptor was a great place to go because I always found heaps of Russian books there; a George R.R. Martin lookalike manned the counter, and the entire place was floor to ceiling with books, an entire maze of bookshelves placed as close togeth ...more
Kathleen Brugger
Apr 03, 2013 Kathleen Brugger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you make a story suspenseful when everyone knows how it ends? Mr. Radzinsky solved this problem in The Last Tsar by writing a historical-detective tale. The death of Russia’s last tsar, along with that of his family, is told largely through actual documents: diaries and letters of the tsar and his wife, and painstakingly uncovered reports from the Soviet archives. In addition, there are interviews with people who contacted Mr. Radzinsky after he began publishing articles in Russia about t ...more
Jan 08, 2013 hamptonenglish10 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Last Tsar Review

This book, and it is fairly long, is a large summary of the life and death of Tsar Nicholas II. It starts out talking about his young life under his grandfather’s strong rule of Russia. In time his grandfather passed away and by order his father should have been the one to take over, but the young Nicholas was forced to after his father passed on the power. Later on it describes his courship of Alix, short for Alexandra, who was
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 Scott Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord." (Obadiah 1:4). Thus was the last scripture reading of the Tsarita to her daughters prior to their murder. This historical work is a powerful account of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and the last of the royal Romanov family, who were killed by the Soviet communists in 1918. This investigative story is told by means of diary entries by the Tsar, his wife Alexandra (Q ...more
Jun 14, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, non-fiction, romanov
Not only is this book a biography of Nicholas, it is the author’s own experience of uncovering previously classified Russian archives. The evidence he discovers regarding the death of the royal family was ground-breaking at the time of publication, but now much of what he discovered is somewhat out of date. Since then, the remains of the Tsar and his family have been positively identified and many of the rumors relayed to the author by unnamed sources have been laid to rest. Not that the evidenc ...more
May 15, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable account of the life and death of Nicholas II by a Russian historian. The book uses and quotes, almost exclusively, original source material, including letters between Nicholas II and his wife, diaries of the tsar and all of his family (wife, four daughters, and son - the heir Alexei). It also uses letters and accounts from the Bolsheviks, who participated in the execution of the family and the subsequent burials.

The author, Edvard Radzinsky, began his research into the death
Paul Bustion
Jan 07, 2014 Paul Bustion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good book. I read it recently. Slightly more than a decade ago, when I was 15 years old (I'm 26 now) I read the same author's biography of Stalin and did not like it, because it embraced far fetched conspiracy theories to easily, but I found his biography of Nicholas plausible. In some respects, it is superior to Robert Massie's biography of Nicholas. Because Massie ignored Nicholas' anti-Semitism, whereas Radzinsky pays attention to it. Nicholas was highly anti-Semitic, that's ...more
Madara Aldina
This book gives you clear picture of the life of last Russian czar Nikolai II and his family. You should read this book if you are interested in history of Russia and Soviet Union. Everybody have heard at least something about notorious shooting of last czar and his family, and his family's relationship with "devilish" Rasputin. Book reveals many details about everyday life of czar, his thoughts, believes and also an analyse, why he become the last czar with all the political and personal detail ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Rohit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book probably provides the best chronical of the life and times of Tsar Nicholas. It's captivating every moment, though when they start describing all of the communist officials it gets slightly confusing. Radzinsky is certainly a supporter of the "They Survived" conspiracy and his defenses are sometimes so unconvincing that you wish he had never wrote them. For example, he says the reason that someone who claims she is Anastasia does not speak Russian is because in the terror of the night ...more
I'm a Nicholas II groupie, sad man, beautiful family, wrong place, wrong time. This book focuses more on the abdication and final years of Nicholas and his and his wife and children, in exile, with his captors, moving from one Siberian Village to another. It is almost a minute by minute chronology of the last days of the last tsar. I want to say, Nicholas! These guys are going to kill your daughters, your beloved wife, your little hemophelic son that you adore. BE A MAN! Run away. There's other ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Barb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What made this book interesting is that Radzinsky uses tons of primary resources, specifically Nicholas II’s diaries, which the tsar started keeping at age 14 up until he was executed at age 50. Radzinsky quotes letters, other people’s diaries and memoirs, and official reports; he uses interviews he conducted himself from witnesses, descendants and an unnamed “guest.” What I didn’t like so much is all the speculating and emoting that he does. There’s a lot of material that is repeated and though ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a historical biography written by an amateur historian - a playwright, apparently. This fact will be evident to you as soon as you begin reading. It's not a true nonfiction work - it is full of salacious tidbits, dramatic half-truths, interesting conjectures, and sometimes wild flights of fantasy. If you have read the more reliable biographies of Nicholas, you may find yourself getting infuriated by this book. It was written just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and it reflects th ...more
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Radzinsky is an author of more than forty popular non-fiction books on historical subjects. Since the 1990s, he has written the series Mysteries of History. The books translated to English include his biographies of Tsars Nicholas II and Alexander II, Rasputin, and Joseph Stalin. His book Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives discusses ...more
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