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The Murder of Rasputin: The Truth About Prince Felix Youssoupov and the Mad Monk Who Helped Bring Down the Romanovs Hardcover – 4 Apr 1996

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Century; First Edition edition (4 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712676937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712676939
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Better Than Its Title Would Indicate 20 Feb 2010
By Lawrence R. Holben - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't be put off by the somewhat tabloid-sounding full title of this book -- THE MURDER OF RASPUTIN: THE TRUTH ABOUT PRINCE FELIX YOUSSOUPOV AND THE MAD MONK WHO HELPED BRING DOWN THE ROMANOVS (as any informed person knows, Rasputin may or may not have been mad, but he was never a monk) -- or by the sensationalist claims on the jacket. As for author King's most original claim, that Rasputin and Youssoupov were involved in a sexual relationship, the author's theory is interesting, though not entirely convincing, particularly since he places considerably more weight on the "testimony" of Rasputin's daughter than seems warranted (she wrote a good while after the events around her father's murder and was not present for or a participant in any of them). If you've read Youssoupov's own highly selective account of his life and the murder, LOST SPLENDOR, King's book will serve as an interesting and useful corrective. Certainly something those with an interest in the fall of the Romanovs and the fate of a whole generation of aristocrats after the revoluation will want to read and have in their library.
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Great insight into the last days of Imperial Russia 18 Jan 2012
By Dudley Ristow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The mysteries surrounding the assassination of Rasputin is magnificently covered by the author in a very intriguing book. Particularly fascinating is the work covers the full life of the main conspirator, the handsome, debonair and extremely wealthy Prince Felix Youssoupov, (a rampant homosexual, transvestite) and his long suffering spouse, Princess Irina from their heady days as the wealthiest family in Imperial Russia to them scrounging for a living in post war Europe by selling the little assets they were able to bring out of the country. It is hard to believe that many of the Grand Dukes and Duchesses that were lucky enough to survive the Revolution ended up trying to etch a living out of driving taxis and being seamstresses ... of such facts are the strange twists of fate made. Anyone interested in history would be totally engrossed by this book.
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