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Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2014
Another very interesting book by Ms Rappaport, on rather a hard subject. Whilst I have read many books about what happened at Ekaterinberg, this one is quite different as it looks at events from the point of view of the four girls, and what they had to put up with during very short lives, during which they spent so much time looking after their very ill brother. I think their parents were undoubtedly responsible for what happened, Nicholas for some reasons, Alexandra for others, but their cold blooded murder can hardly have helped Russia or its people. It is said that history repeats itself. Have the country people really benefitted from the revolution? We have seen Stalin, Lenin. Putin, and others perhaps less to blame. But are these not effectively Tsars under a different name? The Romanovs loved the Crimea, and what is happening there now? Effectively Civil War. It is probably impossible to tell to any degree the extent to which 'Tsar" Putin is resposible for this, but I couldn't possibly comment. Very well done Ms R, to bring this rather sad story to light.
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on 23 February 2015
A thrilling read. Even though the eventual fate of the Romanov family is widely known, it shed a new light on the grandeur of Imperial Russia and the impact of the revolution. Could not recommend enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
This book was superb - I couldn't put it down and read it just a few sessions. Helen Rappaport's books are all excellent and this is no exception. You really feel that you are back in Tsarist Russia and these once rather anonymous four Grand Duchesses are brought brilliantly to life from serious Olga to naughty Anastasia. I haven't enjoyed a history book so much for a long time. I look forward to Ms Rappaport's next book.
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on 22 May 2015
Really good book to read - could have a bit more information on what happened to the family after their deaths and how the world reacted but still was good read.
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on 18 April 2015
An excellent book about four people not often talked about in historiographies of the fall of the Romanov dynasty. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2014
My problem with the Romanovs has stuck with me for years and years. Every now and then I dip into them hoping that somehow I will find the parents just a little less - wet. Alas, not this time. The parents remain at the heart of it, for me. So (wilfully?) blind to what was going on, hiding behind the walls of their palaces and refusing to be seen. I think sometimes that if they had just let themselves be seen more often, perhaps things could have been a little bit different for them.

And because of the behaviour of the parents (were any people ever less suited to the immensity of their task?) the daughters paid the ultimate price.

This book is a good read simply because we meet each daughter as an individual with her own personality and foibles. No longer are they some kind of distant symbol of loss of innocence. I can't say that they were 'normal' girls, but again that's partly their upbringing I suspect, but they were prone to the normal teenage problems - crushes on soldiers and so on. But at the same time they were clearly polite and very popular, and you can't help but think "what if...?" I think I came away from the book more sympathetic towards the girls than ever before because they feel a little more 'real', but still finding the parents beyond hope.

To summarise: If you would like to perhaps learn a little more about the horribly restricted life and four girls who could have perhaps done something, if they had only been given the chance, then read this. It doesn't necessarily have any great revelations in it, nothing we don't already know of the great events, but it does feel quite intimate in places.
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on 5 July 2015
I was hoping for a more detailed picture of the Grand Duchesses and, whilst this is a good book, it didn't delve deep enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
I loved this biography. It was hugely informative, but also touchingly human, rendering these lost lives wonderfully close. One of the best biographies I've ever read.
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on 17 October 2014
This book is one of the best I have ever read it had me enthralled from the first page too the last.
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on 2 April 2015
Bought as a gift for someone who like the Romanov history. Well packaged and goods as described.
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