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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Helen Marx; 2 edition (2 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933527129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933527123
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I'm not sure if I should say something, but isn't £646.99 a bit excessive for this book? I'd very much like to read it, but not at this price. I'm sure it must be a mistake.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heino Viik on 13 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
The merit of the book is that it is written by the person who participated in most of the events described. However, you really learn nothing new when you have already read few books about the period. Perhaps you get somewhat better insight to the vain and empty - so it seems - lives of aristocracy but otherwise it's the same old story of good czar and bad conspirators and Rasputin. One gets tired of this naive picture where Rasputin and German origin empress are the root of all evil. I am afraid that Romanov Russia was rotten and corrupt to the core. Only withdrawal from the war and wise reforms in Alexander II style could perhaps have left Russia on tracks. Ironically it was Rasputin plan (or a plan Rasputin was used for) to replace weak Nicolas II and make a separate peace with Germany. Alas, as Kerensky also didn't use his chance to sue for peace because of loyalty to allies, honor etc, the fate of Russia was sealed for decades to come... Russian soldiers were demoralized, without leadership, under supplied and tired of fighting. Bolsheviks made peace and stayed on power. The beginning of the book was boring but generally it was decent pastime reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Lost Splendor 10 April 2007
By Debra Bishop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lost Splendor is a wonderful firsthand account of Russia during the Romanoff dynasty. Prince Felix Youssoupoff was a member of one of Russia's richest families and tells a compelling story of what imperial Russia was like before the revolution. He goes into detail about the killing of Rasputin which he had a hand in. A wonderful book that is a page turner from start to finish.
Lost Splendor - the man who killed Rasputin 6 Oct 2012
By John K. Munroe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Felix Yousupov killed Rasputin and freely admitted it, but he was an important royal person and escaped punishment. The killing process was amazing. The background for both the Count and Rasputin is fascinating. What a tempestuous time it was. Good book. The "splendor" part was easy to believe.
Lost Splendor 4 April 2009
By R. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Enjoyable book, but slanted to make the author look as if he never did anything really wrong. He apparently did the Romanov family a great service, even though they didn't believe it in time to change their actions. It would have been an interesting postscript to explain how he and his wealth escaped and how his family lived afterward.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
very charming, seeing things in very unique perspective 26 Jun 2009
By Kang Lu Wei - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
he is a prince and educated in very "unique" manner,a very free minded prince.
he sees things in a very artistic way.
He is very proud of his family tree.
He loves his country, and very loyal to his emperior.
There is no boundaries,constrains,or limit in his mind, you can't say he is a pure prince as he understands well about ordinary people, you can't say he is "male" as he sometimes seeing things in very "feminim"way.
Yet, the whole book is very honest, as he does not need to hide some inconvinent truth from the reader.
A very brave prince, yet could think objectly.
Wonderful personality!
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Inside look at pre-Bolshevik Russia 20 Jan 2008
By Super bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a quick read. It is not the best written book about the elite of pre-revolution Russia but it paints an interesting picture of that time. The first hand account of Rasputin and his murder was most fascinating. This is just one of many books I'll read to prepare for a trip to Russia.
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