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Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  793 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson
Paperback, 456 pages
Published June 30th 1985 by Back Bay Books (first published August 1st 1983)
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Terri Lynn
Aug 28, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it did not like it
Let me begin by stating that I am an historian so my training has always required intensive and accurate research with multiple sources of verified facts. I do not take anything on faith and and do not believe in offering shoddy research as facts. Apparently Peter Kurth is the opposite. I was appalled to see one review on here from several years ago where a reviewer said she wished we did not have DNA testing because wouldn't it be so nice if we could pretend historical lies are really true. Wel ...more
Dolores Andral
Jan 06, 2015 Dolores Andral rated it liked it
This book is especially interesting reading it in 2015, after the 1984 DNA tests ruled out Anna Anderson as the real Anastasia. (This is not a spoiler alert: it's 2015.) Even the protests of "Anastasians" who were diehard believers and held fast to a conspiracy theory because the bodies of Anastasia and her brother were still missing, were diminished in 2007 when those bodies had been found and tested. And outside those decrying foul play, I think most have come to realization that Anna Anderson ...more
Jan 09, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
I am not convinced Anna Anderson is a fake. She knew too much about the royal family to be a peasant. If not Anastasia, then who?
Mar 25, 2008 Daisy rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished
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Sep 08, 2014 Marna rated it liked it
Interesting. I knew there were 'updates' to this case having seen a TV program on it but didn't remember what they concluded, so I refused to look it up until after I'd finished reading. It was disappointing, though because I kind of feel I wasted three days of my life, which I'm sure is nothing in comparison to the people who donated endless reservoirs of time, money and care on someone who ended up being either just very clever or insane. Sad and somewhat admirable. I wonder if the same thing ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Stacie rated it really liked it
Shelves: russia, non-fiction
At the time I read it, I found it to be a very convincing (therefore true) story of what happened to Anastasia, then several years later I read "The Romanovs: the Final Chapter" by Robert K. Massie. The book by Robert Massie was written several years later, at a time when more forensic evidence (not to mention the remains of the Romanovs) was available. It turns out that forensic evidence has revealed that the woman written about in "Anastasia: the Riddle of Anna Anderson" was a mentally off, ru ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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Mar 21, 2009 Donnamhiltz rated it it was amazing
Written before DNA testing was availble, the author made a compelling case for Anna Anderson's claim that she was Anastasia, daughter of the Nicholas & Alexandra, of the doomed Romanov family. Testing performed after her death subsequently proved her claim to be a lie, but the book is, nonetheless, fascinating.
Jenna DeVillier
It was difficult for me to read this book for several reasons. One, I have been very interested and easily upset by the Romanovs' story for many years (so I was grateful the accounts of their murders was glossed over, sometimes). Also, being a heavily researched book, it was dense at times and got boring. And finally, it was hard reading and knowing all the while that Anna Anderson's claim was finally disproved in the 90's, and especially in 2007, when Anastasia's body was found. I couldn't allo ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Kristine rated it liked it
Outdated info with a bias for dramatization but lots of pictures and information. Just keep in mind current DNA evidence.
Apr 28, 2008 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was obsessed with Anastasia and Anna Anderson. The book brought up interesting theories that have since been disproven.
Aug 08, 2008 Sean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This story intrigues me to this day. I recommend this to all! (My personal opinion...Anna Anderson WAS Anastasia.)
Mar 26, 2008 Nathalie rated it it was ok
This was intersting, but really long winded, I had a hard time keeping all the russian names straight.
Jen Brown
Apr 17, 2016 Jen Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect book it you are interested in one of the greatest mysteries of modern history; what happened to Anastasia Romanov.

Although from the beginning I knew Anna Anderson was not the real Anastasia I was very interested in her life and how she convinced so many people that she was in fact the Tsar's daughter. There's a point when the information on the Internet and the few documentaries about Anderson are not enough, and I have other books about Anastasia and the Ekaterinburg massacre to read (I
Peter Kurth's book on Anna Anderson is considered one of the most important in a field that is full of books, most of which seem to be rehashing of the facts given in this one and a few others. I've had this on my shelf for years and always put off reading it for some perfect opportunity - a beach or a long plane ride, so I could savor all the crazy awesomeness that is the Anastasia/Anna Anderson mystery. Now that I decided to just read it already, I'm glad that I didn't have it for one of those ...more
Mar 06, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Russian History
From the time of the deadly massacre of the Russian Imperial Family in 1918 until 1983 an interresting quetion was on everyone's mind. "Did Anastasia Romanov, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicolas II, survive?" There were many women who claimed it was true, but one woman REALLY stood out. Her name was Anna Anderson. She had many simularities to the Grand Duchess and had many people both inside and outside the family convinced she WAS Anastasia. The book is a very interresting account of her life bot ...more
Weil ich kürzlich über Rasputin gestolpert bin und etwas über ihn im Internet nachgelesen hatte, fiel mir auch dieses Buch über Anna Anderson (aka Anastasia) wieder ein, das ich schon länger hatte.
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Ich las das Buch mit Interesse, konnte es aber natürlich nicht lassen im Internet kurz zu recherchieren, ob in dem Fall später noch weitere Indizien bekannt wurden die zur Aufklärung der Identität hilfreich waren. Und ja, es gab welche. Nach dem Fall des eisernen Vorhangs wurde di
Talitha (Victorian Soul)
I've been addicted to Anastasia Romanov myths forever, but unfortunately never Wikipedia-ed what actually happened to her before buying and reading this thrift store book, which amounted to me wasting a lot of time. Anastasia is dead, they've found her bones/grave and tested her DNA, but up until then many people would claim to be Anastasia. Anna Anderson was one of them, but she isn't Anastasia.
Apr 07, 2010 Lora rated it it was amazing
Imagine that you and your family are presumed killed, but you suddenly show up alone a year a half later in a foreign country, with a good but not great memory, terrible wounds that are healing, no papers, no personal effects, nothing that can identify you. If all your immediate family are dead, how do you prove who you are? Can you? This is the biography of a woman who desperately tries to establish her identity and connect with her extended family. Unfortunately, through politics, social clime ...more
Susan Rainwater
Feb 08, 2016 Susan Rainwater rated it did not like it
An engaging story based on shoddy research, relying too much on the author's belief in the tales of a madwoman. Even after DNA evidence proved Anna Anderson was unrelated to the Romanov family, Kurth continued to believe, and said so in a new afterword. Not worth bothering with.
Jul 29, 2014 Lindsey rated it liked it
I thought this book was really well researched. It made you question whether this Anne Anderson was the real Anastasia or not. I kind of hope she wasn't the real Anastasia because she seemed to be a very vindictive, mean woman, to the people spending their own lives to help her.
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
I don't know why, but I'm particularly intrigued by Anna Anderson. I'm kind of sorry she wasn't Anastasia.
Peter Burton
Jun 23, 2014 Peter Burton rated it really liked it
Very detailed and interesting.We now know that the claimant was not Anastasia but it's still interesting to see how the story developed and what happened
Mar 14, 2015 Krista rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
One of the reasons I fell in love with Russian history was this book and this story.
Jan 27, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who believes Anastasia escaped the murder of her family.
Recommended to Caitlin by: found it on a website
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Mar 31, 2013 Violet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was long and drawn out. Yes she is, no she isn't. Was the question answered in this book. Truthfully no, that was left to be answered years later thought DNA. I would liked to have known how Anna Anderson knew so much information about the family, things that maybe only one or two people knew. So you might as well say that the Riddle of Anna Anderson is still a riddle and seems that it will never be answered.
Jul 14, 2008 booklady rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2016 Vigee rated it it was amazing
I read this at 14, and all these years later it still stands up. Whatever the DNA evidence, or the verdict of history, etc, etc, Peter Kurth wrote a magnificent book and his passion for the subject shines through. It's an extraordinary story and Kurth marshals his extensive evidence in a way that beguiles and convinces.
Ian Chapman
May 26, 2012 Ian Chapman rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago, before DNA testing conclusions. I enjoyed the engaging commitment of Peter Kurth to the subject, which made it an enjoyable read. I thought Frau Anderson looked more like Tatiana than Anastasia, and I don't think they found all the bodies. Perhaps one of those imperial princesses did survive.
Feb 03, 2016 RumBelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is my favorite biography of Anastasia, and Anna Anderson, that I have ever read. Kurth made the topic so engaging, he made you want to keep reading. It was an in-depth portrait of two women, their lives, loves and families. By the end, you truly believed that both women were one and the same.
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PETER KURTH is the author of "Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson," "American Cassandra: The Life of Dorothy Thompson," "Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra," and "Isadora: A Sensational Life," and co-author (with Eleanor Lanahan) of "Zelda: An Intimate Portrait." His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes FYI, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Obser ...more
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