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Tsaar Nicolaas II werd in 1918 onder mysterieuze omstandigheden geexecueert door de Russische revolutionairen. Aan de hand van dagboeken, brieven, getuigenissen en grondig speurwerk in de Russische staatsarchieven reconstrueert Radzinsky deze moord en schetst het leven van de laatste Romanov. Een gepassioneerd historisch document met de sfeer van een grote Russische roman. ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published 1993 by Kritak (first published July 1st 1992)
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Bob Mayer
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago, but had to pull it off the shelf for the book I'm finishing writing; Time Patrol: Ides of March, because one of the six missions in my book is on 15 March 1917. The day Nicholas II abdicated. This book is an extraordinarily detailed account of how the events unfolded. Some don't believe the author's claim that the execution of the family was ordered by Siberian Bolsheviks, but new evidence supports that.

While I'm focusing on only one day, and not even on the Tsar, b
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Denis
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books about Russia's past history. Surprisingly very moving, but also very well written, this massive book is filled with such extravagance, drama, love, adventures and heartbreaks of all kinds that it reads more like fiction than real history - and yet, everything is true, to the last details (and Radzinsky has done an amazing research job). Truly a superb book, one of the very best and most interesting written about this period. Radzinsky remains impartial and objective, an ...more
Wendy
Oct 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While providing a tidbit here and there that I wasn't aware of, this book was distasteful to me. It reads like a sensationalist journal rather than a historian's account. The Massie book on Nicholas II was much more concise and professional, and much less hysterical--Massie was not looking for strange patterns and mysticisms, as Radzinsky seems to have been. Skip this one, as it is not really worth your time, and offers very, very little new on a subject that has been written on by many others.
Shannon
Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are interested in Russian history
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this quite a while ago, but I really enjoyed it. Based largely on documents released by the Russian government during the 90's and on journals entries from members of Nicholas II and his family, the author simultaneously unravels and adds to the mystery surrounding the last years of the tsar's life and the execution of his family during the Russian revolution.
Robert Alexander
A great follow-up to Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra. It's written in a quirky Russian style, a bit difficult to get into...but ultimately it pays off handsomely by telling the story of the last days of the royal family from a decidedly Russian point of view.
Terry Bonner
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a totally engaging biography. I could not put it down. The Nicholas who emerges in these pages is both despicable and sympathetic. He is a nebbish placed by a capricious fortune at the vortex of history. He is a basically decent man who occupies a corrupt, indecent office. His naivete is both endearing and criminal. Radzinsky is no apologist for the unfortunate last of the Romanovs; neither is he judgmental, at least in regard to Nicholas himself. The Tsarina, on the other hand, suffers ...more
Sarah
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
Excellent! Lots of facts and history to plow through but totally worth it. Uncovers true historical facts of what really happened to the Romanov's. The first time some of these documents have been published from the Russian archives. If you love Russian history or have an interest in the Romanov's I highly recommend it.
Miriam Reeves
Jun 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was filled with great facts and history but it was poorly written. Even History books should keep our attention shouldn't they?
Nancy
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl interested in Russian history
Wow. This book had a lot of info. I had no trouble following along with the first half, which was mostly explaining family relations (there is a nice little family tree diagram at the front) and stories from when Nicholas was born up until he took the throne. Then the story moved into quotes from his diary and her diary, and their letters to each other when he was away. Reading the excerpts from the diaries while in exile was interesting. It was when the book moved into all the political names a ...more
Maan Kawas
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unforgettable, wonderful, powerfully written and vivid, but disturbing and touching book! The best I have ever read so far about the last tsar, Nicholas II and his family. The book is filled with detailed information based on documents, research, investigations, meetings, first-hand witnesses’ information, and personal diaries. I loved so much the insertion of some extracts of the Tsar’s and the Tsaritsa’s letters and diaries. The book reveals the good, gentle, kind, but weak and spineless ch ...more
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I noted somewhere before, I continue to be fascinated with the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, with the whole history of the Russian czars and with the arrest and deaths of the last Czar, Nicholas II, and his family.

Rather than a dry history, Radzinsky uses documents that were opened from archives, personal histories & diaries from those individuals involved in the Romanov assassinations and from Nicholas & Alexandra themselves to create a very good study of what actually happened to N
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Julia Poncho
I unfortunately couldn't finish this book. It is well written and intricate. Shines a new light on the assassination of the Romanov family. However, the characters are awful. One has trouble sympathizing with the not-so-bright tsar Nicolas and his neurotic wife. Past half of the book, one can't help shaking the feeling that the Romanovs are responsible for their own plight, knowing what was coming to them yet choosing to remain indolent and pray instead. Tsar Nicolas is blindly and stupidly piou ...more
Brianna
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I found this such an interesting read on the history of Nicholas the II... I learned a lot about Russian history that I never knew before, and thoroughly enjoyed this read... and yes... His last days were terrifying.
Dee Mellott
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent read...
Brian Bigelow
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did find the writing a bit tedious at times. Nonetheless, I continued on.
This book is a very in depth look at the last days of the last Czar, Nicholas II. Did think it was very well researched.
Cassandra
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book very much! I like the authors writing style. It reads like a novel, but it is non-fiction. I appreciated the family tree at the beginning of the book and the map that was given. I would have liked to know a bit more about Rasputin, but I have ordered his book The Rasputin File. This is my first book related to the Romanovs and the Tsars. I am looking forward to reading more about the Russian leaders. This was a great book to read for my first. The novel like reading m ...more
Megan
Back when I was a real person, I lived in Bloomington, Indiana, and I used to trawl all the town's bookstores looking for books about Nicholas, with whom I became fascinated during the summer of 2008 and outright obsessed with over the course of 2009. Caveat Emptor was a great place to go because I always found heaps of Russian books there; a George R.R. Martin lookalike manned the counter, and the entire place was floor to ceiling with books, an entire maze of bookshelves placed as close togeth ...more
Kate
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs only--or those who can take it with a grain of salt
The first half of the book, encompassing (very much in brief) the life of Nicholas II, is some of the worst historical work I've read since having the misfortune of picking up Simon Dixon's "biography" of Catherine the Great. Details are sparing, information is sketchy, and there are enough twists and turns of logic to make one's head spin. Among other assertions the author expects us to take as fact: Rasputin really did have mystic powers; Alexandra was hysterical and borderline insane through ...more
Dawn Tessman
The true story of the last Russian tsar as written by a Russian playwright/historian. In a word, maddening.

As I read the book, I appreciated the author’s insights into the Russian political mind. Additionally, I strongly feel the author deserves recognition for his exhaustive efforts to uncover the facts of what happened to the Romanovs by poring through endless amounts of previously-classified documents and sitting through countless interviews. That said, the writing style made the book a chor
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Lauren Albert
This was an odd book. While Radzinsky's digging in the newly-opened Soviet archives provides fascinating information, I had some problems with the book. He has a habit--which grows annoying--of constantly making reference to tragic future events while narrating peoples' lives. He also indulges in a fair amount of speculation about events and people's thoughts and feelings. The closing section in which he tries to find out about the final days of the Romanovs is especially confusing---leaving thi ...more
Clem
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
First of all, if you’re looking for a book about “history” – i.e. the history of Russia during Nicholas II’s tempestuous reign, this probably is not the best choice of a book. This book was written by a Russian author who, I believe, has the assumption that his audience already is familiar with the events that led to the Tsar’s exile, and eventual execution.

Instead, this book portrays a very personal account of the man’s life inside the palace walls. I seem to recall that about 25-40% of this bo
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Elgyn
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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V některých věcech je už překonaná, ale i tak ji miluju.

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Jenže Sokolov byl monarchista a celou svou činnost zpolitizoval, čímž získané údaje velmi zpochybnil.
Vskutku?

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V roce 1880 umírá Nikolajova babička Marie Fjodorovna, oficiální manželka Alexandra II.
To snad byla Marie Alexandrovna, ne?
Marie Fjodorovna byla matka Mikuláše II, manželka Alexandra III.

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zastřelen rakouský následník trůnu František Ferdinand d’Este s manželkou ... jel kočár bůhvíproč pomalu
Kočár? Ne auto?

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Lili Kyurkchiyska
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, history
Радзински умее да поддържа напрежението в разказа, докато ни превежда из потайните руски архиви (царски, съветски и съвременни), събирайки парче по парче пъзела на една мистерия, която и до днес занимава света. Светът поглъща жадно всяка сензация - а цареубийствата не се случват всеки ден. Само дето личността на Николай - добрият съпруг, любящият баща, симпатичният събеседник - разваля цялата драма, на която хората се надяват. Объркала е и сметките на революционерите - от тираноубийци ги е прин ...more
Mary
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable true story, well written and moving.
Mina Murray
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important works on Nicholas II and the death of the imperial russian family.
Tim
They all die in the end......
Jd
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly informative. You can't understand 20th century history without knowing this man's life, his circumstance, and his death.
Stephen Case
I wrote in an earlier review about the apocalypse that the Russian revolution must have been to Christians who lived through it, those who had come of age in a self-consciously, imperially Christian nation finding themselves citizens of an atheistic regime in active and open revolt against the structures of the faith. But what about the ruling family themselves, the Romanovs? This book is a portrait of the life of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, focusing on the tragedy of his final months an ...more
David Groves
I learned a lot from this book, but I was also frustrated with it. This is the type of book that historians write to prove a new point, and I respect the author for that. After glasnost, Radzinsky seems to have been given access to the communist archives as pertains to the execution of Nicholas II and his family, and he cleared up many mysteries from that time. Obviously, that's important. But to do that, he has to include soooo many details that the general reader gets lost, drowned in the minu ...more
Isabelle
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story but I didn't like his style of writing. The beginning of the book makes it seem like the book will basically be all a second hand account told by this one woman. Then like halfway through he stops talking about her. Also I'm pretty sure that since this book was written they've done genetic testing on the bones found and have proven that the tsar's entire family was executed.
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Radzinsky (Russian: Эдвард Радзинский) is an author of more than forty popular non-fiction books on historical subjects. Since the 1990s, he has written the series Mysteries of History. The books translated to English include his biographies of Tsars Nicholas II and Alexander II, Rasputin, and Joseph Stalin. His book Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia ...more
“Russians love a good plot--camarillas, Masons, whatever--where in fact there is usually just plain sloppiness. Someone mistrusted someone else; someone failed to warn someone else. So someone decided to take out more insurance, called up the troops and removed the tsar from Petersburg. Great and terrible events in Russia are usually due to someone's stupidity or laziness.” 0 likes
“July is a bad month for revolutionaries. In France, Robespierre was executed in July; in Russia, five eminent Decembrists, who had revolted against Nicholas I, were hanged in July. And now in July the hour of vengeance had come. Vengeance against the son and grandson of the man who had once killed Lenin's brother. The revolutionaries' age-old hunt for Russian tsars was drawing to a close.” 0 likes
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