51st out of 187 books — 39 voters
The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution
The story of the arrest, captivity, and execution of the last tsar of Russia and his family during the revolution of 1917-1918 has been recounted - and romanticized - for decades. This study explores the full range of events and reveals the thoughts, perceptions and judgments of the individuals involved - Nicholas and Alexandra, their children, and the men who guarded and...more
Paperback, 498 pages
Published February 27th 1997 by Yale University Press
(first published 1995)
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The well known but heartbreaking story of the last Czar of Russia and his family. A picture is drawn about a charming family, well isolated from the people they rule. His son's hemophilia causes his wife, Alix (who inherited the gene from Gran Queen Victoria) to turn to Rasputin, a mystic healer. When the family realizes their only hope to live is to escape, his cousin, King George turns them away and their fate is sealed.
Great read about such a tragic tale. Jam packed with documents and letters that document the downfall. This story begins with the abdication of Nicholas II and charts their time in exile and prison until the Imperial families death on the 17th July 1918. Great glossary in the back of the book which includes all of the important figures in the fall of the last Tsar.
Oct 23, 2008 Caitlin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romanov History Buff
Recommended to Caitlin by: Found it at the Library
I liked this book and all the information it held, but sometimes it was really hard to read. It contains documents and letters and archives from 1917-1918. Sometimes I would get confused had to reread things. I didn't like the format it was written in, but it's a great interesting read.