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The Last Days of the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport
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Mar 14, 09

Recommended for: Russian historians
Read in March, 2009

Anxiously awaiting this book 2/28/09
Updated 3/6/09:
I recieved this book on tues 3/3/09, and just couldn't wait to finish my other books and dive into this one! In one night I have read two chapters, and if it wasn't for my eyes feeling like lead-weights before bedtime I would've read a lot more! Eventhough I have read and heard the story of the Romanov's a hundred times, I never tire of this horrifying tale. It's kinda like thinking about our lives as children when we are privilaged and doted upon by our parents, some of us even being reffered to as "little princes/princesses." But as we grow up, responsibilities and harsh realities bring us out of that advantaged state into the real world, which the Imperial Family was harshly forced to face. Most of us adapt as best we can, and then tragically, we die. It is, in a way our human condition.
Updated 3/13/09:
I finished the book, it's over. I put off the last couple of chapters since I knew the historical story so well, and knew how it ended so horrifically and tragically. My mind was silently wishing there could somehow be a happier ending, but it was never to be. This paticular edition is quite graphic on the gory details of the actual murders of the Romanovs. My stomach was actually turning and it raised questions in my mind of how or why people could conciously do something so awful and live with themselves afterwards. The author did a wonderful job staying unbiased and "true to facts" in spite of all the speculation, drama, and falsehoods fed to the gullible and those who would benifit for political gain in some way. In fact, thankfully this book is not overly political, eventhough it talks about the parties involved and the many diffrent sides and agendas they played out. It strictly sticks to the outcomes and not game-plans that could have happened or their consequences. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

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