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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447201477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447201472
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rich biography . . . one that inspires genuine pity for and anger on behalf of its main subjects and their children (Bookbag)

Marvellous . . . put it on your Christmas list and if nobody buys it for you, then purchase it yourself . . . Simply wonderful (Random Jottings Books of the Year)

Carefully separates fact from fiction . . . [and] brings the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie to life (Carolyn Harris royalhistorian.com)

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On 28 June 1914 the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, were killed by an assassin's bullets on a state visit to Sarajevo - shots 'that rang round the world' and which led, just four weeks later, to the outbreak of the First World War.

The Assassination of the Archduke offers readers a vivid account of their lives - and cruel deaths - set against a backdrop of glittering privilege and an Imperial Court consumed with hatred. Taking readers from Bohemian castles to the horrors of Nazi concentration camps in a compelling human drama, it lays bare the lethal circumstances surrounding the death of this most famous of archdukes, his family, and their momentous collision with destiny in 1914.

'Carefully separates fact from fiction . . . [and] brings the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie to life' Carolyn Harris, royalhistorian.com

'Marvellous . . . put it on your Christmas list and if nobody buys it for you, then purchase it yourself . . . Simply wonderful' Random Jottings Books of the Year

'A rich biography . . . one that inspires genuine pity for and anger on behalf of its main subjects and their children' Bookbag

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I really enjoyed this book. The fate of Archduke Franz Ferdinand is probably one of the most famous events in modern history, yet for most of us so little is known about him, his family, and the circumstances surrounding his death. While the tragedy of Czar Nicholas II and his family is well known and much has been written about it, the tragedy of Franz Ferdinand has been mostly ignored. This is unfortunate because had he lived and succeeded to the throne, there might never have been a WW1 and by extension, a WW2, a Soviet Union or Cold War. Franz Ferdinand was a forward looking man and his plans for the empire may have stabilized Europe and even Russia. The Romanovs were a dying dynasty and not much could have saved them, but Franz Ferdinand may have changed history. And the fate of his family is no less a tragedy than that of the Romanovs. Franz Ferdinand and Sophie were truly a love story and the children lost their entire world after the deaths of their parents. And the repercussions of their death continued to follow them their whole lives, just as it did for the rest of the world.

Was there a conspiracy to kill him in Serbia? According to the authors it seems the answer is yes and the Prime Minister knew it. Did it include Russia? Did the conspiracy reach all the way to Emperor Franz Joseph? The world may never know but it is certainly possible. The book is really fascinating and I would highly recommend it. Definitely worth five stars.
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Like mannequins, Franz Ferdinand and his wife remain etched in the popular consciousness at the moment of their murder.
Both draw back, frozen in horror, as the black-clad fanatic ends their lives with a pistol.
The historical consequences of those shots are well-known but this book has a completely new perspective.
It brings to life both victims and rightly places them on a par with the Romanovs as a comparable love story cut short by blood-thirsty revolutionary monsters.
Franz Ferdinand was anything but the wooden titan he appears to be from photos. A devoted husband and father, he overcame incredible opposition to marry his true love, the "commoner" Sophie.
The book highlights his positive and reformist credentials while also pulling no punches on the effect the double murder had on the surviving familiy members.
Compulsive, intriguing, exciting and finally poignant, this book takes you from the halcyon Ruritarian world of pre-1914 via World War 2 death camps to the fall of communism and beyond.
All this in the history of one family,
The assassin all too often omits to think of the personal trauma his "political" act entails.
Gavrilo Princip not only smashed a world to smithereens but decimated a loving family forever.
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By jill pugh on 21 Aug 2014
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totally different "take" on the usual version of events- fascinating to read the story from a different perspective
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By Lady McAlpine on 16 Aug 2014
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Fascinating story well told.
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