Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra

The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Book - 2012
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From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie--also available are Peter the Great and The Romanovs

In this commanding book, Robert K. Massie, prize-winning author of Catherine the Great, sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs' lives: Nicholas's political na#65533;vet#65533;, Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis's brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history--the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.

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Nicholas and Alexandra

"A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible."-- Harper's

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Publisher: New York : Modern library, 2012
ISBN: 9780679645610
Branch Call Number: 92 ROMANOV
Characteristics: xxi, 639 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm


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Apr 06, 2017

Really good account of the period of time around the end of the Romanov dynasty and the royal family. I knew some parts of it before, but learned a lot. I have to take issues with two things: first, that since this edition is a reprint from 2000 with a new introduction by the author, I am sure that a lot more was known about the genetics of hemophilia in 2000 than what was known in 1967 when he wrote the book, but this is never updated. I also cannot agree with the author's view that if Alexis had not had hemophilia, the Romanov empire would not have fallen. Alexandra might have still allowed a Rasputin like character to have undue influence over her family and consequently the tsar. Tsar Nicholas would still have been an unprepared, mostly ineffective ruler. Even without Rasputin making things politically much worse for the tsar, I still think the Russian people wanted a revolution. I mean, so many other countries around them had already had a revolution or removed power from their monarchs. It is quite ironic that the palace in the "tsar's village" where the family spent the majority of their time, was supposed to be a replica of Versailles. That didn't work out so well for the French royal family. It also seems like the author is saying that Nicholas started World War I because he decided to support Serbia against Austria, almost as if he could have just left it alone and there would not have been any war, which also seems a bit far fetched. I don't think that the author made any effort to paint Rasputin as anything other than a degenerate charlatan, and I don't know if that is the whole truth. Still on the whole an excellent book.

May 05, 2015

This was a very good book and I really enjoyed learning about what happened to this family.

Oct 24, 2009

I found that the author put way too much emphasis on Alexei's hemophilia and not enough on all the other problems Russia was experiencing at the time for the fall of the empire.


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