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The Lost Crown by Sarah  Miller
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In fictional diary format, the 4 daughters of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia describe their lives before and after the Bolshevik Revolution. Their world of glamour and privilege becomes increasingly narrow and poor as revolutionary forces try to decide what to do with the royal family after toppling the throne. Author Miller presumes the reader has some background knowledge of the subject. The girls' references to their brother Aleksei's illnesses won't make sense if the reader doesn't know he had hemophilia. Readers be advised: this is not a balanced account of the Russian Revolution, but a very one-sided portrait of the royal family. Olga, the eldest, makes a couple of references to the peasants' hard lives and wonders if her father should have done more to help them. Still, this is an interesting viewpoint (privileged princesses had no knowledge about or interaction with peasants) but I would have liked more historical footnotes and perspectives, with an explanatory introduction. There is a Cast of Characters and a list of Russian phrases, which is very useful because the Russian names are difficult. This may spur further interest in the subject.
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