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The Last Days of the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport
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It is difficult to cram the decline and eventual fall of Imperial Russia and the rise of the Bolsheviks, Lenin, and Stalin into one book, and thankfully Rappaport doesn't attempt to do this. Instead she focuses her writing on the 3 months the Romanov family spent under house arrest in Ekaterinburg and the details of their execution and burial. While Rappaport does explain some of the larger political movements and background of the major players, she mostly concentrates on the personal lives of the Romanov's, their few remaining servants, and the guards and soldiers who surrounded them. Minus one star for no footnotes or directly cited sources. Minus one star for some unnecessarily repeptitive information, weird assumptions on inner thoughts/feelings that are not documented anywhere (again, no footnotes) and some of the jumping around in time, which seems pretty unnecessary when your entire timeline only encompasses 90 days.

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June 1, 2015 – Finished Reading
June 24, 2015 – Shelved
June 24, 2015 – Shelved as: russia
June 24, 2015 – Shelved as: romanov-family

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