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Nicholas & Alexandra [Paperback]

Robert K Massie
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14 Dec 2000

Nicholas & Alexandra is the internationally famous biography from Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Massie. Massie shows conclusively how the personal curse of the young heir¿s haemophilia, and the decisive influence it brought Rasputin, became fatally linked with the collapse of Imperial Russia. As an engrossing account of one of the century¿s most dramatic episodes ¿ and an intimate portrait of two people caught at the centre of a maelstrom ¿ Nicholas & Alexandra is unlikely ever to be surpassed.

¿The story of the last Tsar has probably never been so powerfully ¿ and so accurately ¿ told¿ Guardian

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (14 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575400064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575400061
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The tragic, compelling story of the last Tsar and his family

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Robert K Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Romantic 20 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Massie's account of the last Tsar and Tsarina's private life will probably never be bettered - yet as a political account it is lacklustre. I came to this book when I was 9 and I loved it, still do, but it shouldn't be read as the definitive political study on the closing years of the Russian monarchy ( I would point you in the direction of Sir Bernard Pares' 'Fall of the Russian Monarchy' or Khrustalev and Steinberg's 'Fall of the Romanovs.') But it is a touching and highly readable book which does infinite justice to the last reigning family in Russia, to date. Despite being a tad uncritical of emigre accounts, Massie has written a true masterpiece of historical nonfiction and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Russian history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History doesn't get much better than this! 8 April 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most book lovers have a little list of super-favorites that they turn to year after year, and this classic by Robert Massie has been on my list for more than two decades. Massie brings the last years of the Russian Imperial court to astounding life, turning meticulously researched detail into a tapestry more compelling than fiction. You feel you've been there and met the Romanovs and the people around them, walked their halls, ridden in their trains, even faced their final terrors. Its as good as stepping into a time machine. How many times have I looked up from this paperback (I've gone through several copies over the years) and found that I've lost track of time. Recently, several lavishly illustrated books have come out with long-hidden photos of what NICHOLAS & ALEXANDRA describes -- gorgeous though those photo books are, they do not give you as powerful a sense of time and place as Massie's exceptionally readable prose. Details of Russian history, which could be ponderous for most readers, become lively and engrossing here. I love history, and no book in the genre pulls me back as often (or with as much satisfaction) as Massie's NICHOLAS & ALEXANDRA.
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Robert Massie has written an excellent historical biography, as I knew very little about the events that led up to the Tsar's death. But the book was made up of interesting historical reading without getting boring or monotonous. Through reading this it has led me onto other Russian ruler's biographies and Russian history books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Boy Behind the Throne 8 Oct 2002
By "talba"
This is a sensitive narration of the life and death of Russia's last Tsar and his tragic familly. Massie writes clearly and eloquently and succeeds in bringing his characters to life and developing a genuine empathy with them.
Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra emerge as rather sad and pathetic characters, pathologicaly out of touch with reality and hopelessly unqualified for their inherited role. Massie's fascinating thesis is that the Russian revolution may have been brought about by a haemophilia gene passed along from queen Victoria. That is probably an extremely romanticised view of history that would exhonerate Nicholas too much. A more likely truth is that the tragic end of Tsarist Holy Russia was an accident waiting to happen. Here was a flawed system built on fragile people. That fragility more than anything else is what comes across from reading these pages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight 16 Feb 2012
Robert K Massie's book about Nicholas and Alexandra is a very good read. The research seems to be well done, and accords with other accounts I have read. The narrative is beautifully constructed and it flows nicely. The author builds up a coherent picture of the life and times of the last Tsar, and starts this with a short but interesting precis of the reign of Alexander III, Nicholas' father. As expected of a biography, it goes through the life of Nicholas and Alexandra and the children, but also to a lesser degree, those closest to the royal family which helps to build up a picture of the Romanov world.

I learned an incredible amount from reading this book and found myself shuddering with horror at many of the decisions made by both the Tsar and the Empress, but I suppose that is benefit of hindsight and knowing how the decisions would affect the royal future.

If I had one criticism of this book it would be that the author is too sympathetic to the Romanovs. Both the Tsar and Empress made some appalling decisions, which even without the benefit of hindsight should have been obvious to them both, yet this seems to be brushed over. The decisions are made and the author appears to go to great lengths to excuse such decisions. This behaviour is particularly obvious during the Great War when Nicholas was at Stavka and Alexandra was in St Petersburg making the decisions, with the advice of Rasputin dripping in her ear. This approach always makes me uncomfortable when reading a biography as I understand the need for the author to understand, and even like or admire his subject, but to become an apologist for them is one step beyond.

However, this book is well written, a delight to read and well worth investing in. I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Temptation - a review 6 Dec 2002
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I must admit to having read the two star review given to Temperence and disagreeing. This was, indeed, my first novel by this author, but I have to admit to finding it delightful. I was up at 3 o'clock this morning giggling merrily as the gruff Scottish hero threw a rather annoying and empty headed maiden out a window! Perhaps, some moments are a little unbelievable and yes, I do think the ending slightly let the rest of the novel down, but I delighted in the way the hero and heroine of the piece learnt about their own humanity and failings and realised the folly of their ways. I enjoyed the fact that they could find in each other the means with which to cast aside their pride and dignity and find love. I will be looking with delight for more works by the same author, for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The go-to for the end of the Romanov Line
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I am due to start my AS History course in September 2013 and one of the units to be studied is Russia, both during Nicholas II's reign and the rise of Stalin. Read more
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