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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting re-consideration of Nicholas and Alexandra
This is a well-written review of the reign of Russia's last Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra. Be aware of two things - if you want facts you're better off looking in an encyclopaedia than a history book (although there are plenty of facts in the book) and secondly this book was written in the late 60s so feels a little dated. Even for those of us who remember and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the purchase
I am (still) enjoying this book but confess it is becoming a little bit of a slog. A fascinating story but the immense detail that is gone in to it becoming a bit hard going. I will get to the end, it just may take some time!
Published 16 months ago by Andy Cutcher


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly told story of the fall of the Romanov dynasty, 21 July 2014
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This review is from: Nicholas and Alexandra: The Tragic, Compelling Story of the Last Tsar and his Family (Kindle Edition)
Tragic story of a doomed great family that managed to get it all wrong - with the best intentions most of the time. Alexandra's obsession with her haemophiliac son caused dreadful troubles; Rasputin came along and swept all before him and Alexandra insisted that Nicholas maintained the doctrine of the Autocratic Right to Rule to keep the throne of Russia intact for her son. The story of the royal couple's increasing unpopularity, and their total failure to nderstand the way the wind was blowing, is beautifully and vividly told. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in the forces for change at the beginning of the 20th Century.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just read it!,, 16 Nov 2013
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Amazing,
Worth a read !!!
Informative and just a delight
Made me more cerebral in understanding the events that led to the fall of tsar and the rise of communism
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sliding to tragedy., 14 Nov 2014
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A great deal of detail in this history of the descent into disaster of the last of the Tsars with his family. Massie attempts to explain how the characters of Nicholas and his wife seem to lead to the end. They are obviously family oriented and seem strangely innocent about others' motives and motivations, yet can inspire respect and some admiration even from supposed enemies. As a book about a tragic family and era, this was an interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear view of the last days of the Tsar, 3 Oct 2014
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A brilliant written history of a very complicated period of history in Russia and throughout the World. The writing of this history, although written in 1967,is clearly executed. Highly recommended in gaining a clearer understanding the history of the last Tsar, his family and history within Russia at this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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Excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicholas and Alexandra, 1 July 2014
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A really enlightening history, about a tragic family caught up in a very troubled country at just the wrong time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 Jun 2014
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A long read but worth every minute spent with it. This gave a lot of information on the Tsar's family, Russia, France and Britain at that. time. Reading it at the time of the recent Ukraine and Crimea troubles.made it all the more relevant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Tzar, 17 Jun 2014
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An interesting and well written book on the history of Nicholas and Alexandra - he being Russian and she German. It gave an intimate insight into the family and how they were doomed to fail despite Nicholas being related to both the German and English Leader and Monach as direct descendents of Queen Victoria. Both of them loved and cared for their Russian country but unfortunately they were in the wrong roles at the wrong time. It also portrayed the basic lifestyle of the average Russian and how the power struggles for political control among the generals and the landed gentry occurred behind the scenes. It was to become nothing compared to the millions killed by Stalin when Russia become a communist state.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romanovs at home., 6 Jun 2014
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Truly tragic and a very compelling and fascinating read . Nothing is more horrifying as watching this families downfall . Most significantly the tutors words : What about the children ?
I find fanaticism , political or religious , utterly frightening .
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