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To Kill Rasputin: The Life and Death of Gregori Rasputin

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  130 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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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Jan 15, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
You conclude, from reading this book, that many people wanted Rasputin dead for many different reasons. Andrew Cook is meticulous in relating the whole, sorry tale of Rasputin's increasing influence on the Tsarina and the belief by many that he was virtually running the country. Rumours and plots abounded - the 'Mad Monk' wielded huge political power, was said to live a life of debauchery, was planning to make the Tsar sign a peace pact between Russia and Germany, was more than friendly with the ...more
Dec 18, 2009 Margarita rated it did not like it
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
Jul 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
May 15, 2016 Divya rated it it was ok
I picked up this book, because primarily throughout my teen years when i was going through the mystery/ caper genre, i always came across references to this mysterious man. All i ever knew about him was he was a peasant and had surreptitiously got influence over the tsar and his family, esp. the tsarina. So, when i saw this book, I was really excited coz i thought i would finally get to know more about Rasputin. But alas, this book does nothing of the sort. However, to be fair to the author the ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, non-fiction, romanov
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
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Aug 21, 2016 Zachary Owen rated it it was amazing
While I understand some readers were disappointed To Kill Rasputin isn't a biography, I think they would have benefited from reading the synopsis which makes it pretty clear the main focus is Rasputin's murder.

Just because To Kill Rasputin focuses on the man's death more than his strange life, doesn't mean it isn't interesting. For one, the circumstances of Rasputin's demise and all the rumor surrounding it are absolutely fascinating. Many of the historical accounts are just plain wrong. Andrew
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
Feb 05, 2016 Tamara rated it liked it
Rasputin as a history character always fascinated me somehow. He had led an interesting life, indeed, so I felt I should expand my knowledge by reading his biography,which turned out to be a bad idea, because the only book I could find was this, and it said it is a biography,when it's actually a narrative about the night when he was killed and nothing more. I was quite dissapointed.
Aug 30, 2008 Bill rated it liked it
Shelves: history
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.
Jul 07, 2014 Allie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with an interesting topic. It's a slow read and reads like a text book. The author assumes you already know who Rasputin was and what his significance was to the Romanov family, so it's not a book to read unless you already have some background.
A very well researched book investigating exactly what happened to Rasputin. Compiling all the contradictory evidence and extrapolating the most likely scenario. This is a must read for anyone interested in the Mad Monk.
Jul 14, 2009 Bunny marked it as to-read
Shelves: rasputin
I want to read more about Rasputin. I have no idea where to start.
Sep 23, 2013 Ana-Marija rated it really liked it
Jedina primjedba je da nema nikakvih fotografija u knjizi...
Mar 07, 2009 Tanyasimic rated it really liked it
The first one I read about Rasputin. The book about the facts.
Mar 16, 2013 Kay rated it did not like it
This book is awefull it just keep repeating its self all threw the book.
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