To Kill Rasputin: The Life and Death of Gregori Rasputin
by Andrew Cook
Gregori Rasputin is probably one of the best known, but least understood of the key figures in the events which ultimately led to the downfall of the Russian Tsars some 90 years ago. His political role as the power behind the throne is as much obscured today, as it was then, by the fascination with his morality and private life. Andrew Cook’s re-investigation of Rasputin’s...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Tempus
(first published 2005)
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this would be a good supplementary book for those who are very familiar with rasputin and the history surrounding this time period. as is, i felt rather thrown into the deep end with this book since it has been the only one i've read on the subject. for the most part the text is extremely dry reading. very mechanical and text book-ish. every once in a while a line of dry humor is thrown in here and there. i found the book confusing as it immediately started with the murder, then goes backwards i...more
Počelo je obećavajuće, ali uskoro se pretvorilo u beskrajno ponavljanje istih dosadnih informacija. Knjiga nudi nekoliko viđenja istog događaja - Rasputinova ubojstva. Iskreno, nisam htjela čitati o izvješćima razno-raznih engleskih špijuna koji jesu ili nisu dobro radili svoj posao. Na to je otišlo 2/3 knjige. Preostala 1/3 ili manje je zapravo Rasputinova biografija. Zanimalo me kako je on uspio utjecati na carsku obitelj, zašto se stvorila tolika fama oko njega, htjela sam saznati odgovore na...more
Really enjoyed this book about the ill-planned and indiscreet decision to murder Rasputin. Lots of background about the life of the 'Mad Monk', the conspirators and British involvement. Larger than life characters on every page, make this a really exciting read.
This book offers a comprehensive look at the night of Grigori Rasputin’s death and the people connected with his assassination. As one of the most notorious figures in early 20th century Russian history, Rasputin was widely despised due to his influence on the Tsar and his family. His murder was seen by many as the means to an end of political instability during a time of great strife (WWI). The author makes the argument that it could be classified as a political crime, especially as he delves i...more
I didn't know anything about the murder of Rasputin or the politics surrounding it before reading this book. I was a little suspicious about this book at first, because it posits that the British secret service were involved in the murder, but the meat of the book is far more academic and less sensational than that. I enjoyed reading this quick history text, written like a thriller.
Don't bother if you know anything about Rasputin. All the readers needed to know was found in the first two chapters. Lots of repetition, and - in my opinion - lots of useless history lessons. I was expecting more of a biography, but there was nothing about Rasputin's early life to speak of. Just don't bother.
I would only give this book 1/2 star if it was available, just for the entertainment value. The described murder scenario is not only farcical it is an impossibility. One major flaw is the assumption on the part of the author that a British weapon was responsible for the so named crucial shot. Enter Oswald Rayner the British SIS agent who happened to be Felix Yusupov''s friend, but there is no evidence offered other than a suggestion based on an improbable series of assumptions that he was one o...more