Rasputin: The Last Word Paperback – 31 Dec 2000
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Whilst the Russian revolution of 1917 was undoubtedly a revolt of the masses--disgruntled peasants, weary soldiers and sailors, and angry industrial workers--there was one man whose singular role in the downfall of the Tsarist regime is beyond dispute: Grigory Rasputin. Rasputin, a peasant turned religious mystic, became court sage to the imperial family in the last decade of its existence, after his extraordinary powers seemed to have cured Alexei, Nicholas II's haemophiliac son. Rasputin and his band of mainly female followers came to symbolise all that was decadent, corrupt and remote about the Imperial family, especially when it was rumoured that Rasputin was not only shaping Russian policy during the First World War, but was also enjoying an intimate relationship with the empress. Utilising the file of the Commission of Inquiry, set up in March 1917 to investigate Rasputin's activities, Edvard Radzinsky, the author of the acclaimed The Last Tsar, tells the colourful tale of Rasputin's life--his membership of the Khlyst religious sect, his predatory sexuality, his scheming against his enemies and, in an impressive climax, all the grisly details of his murder in December 1916. The book reads like a film screenplay: vivid, compelling and unforgettable, like its subject. Miles Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Sensational new biography - using the discovery of long lost contemporary documents - of the Russian peasant mystic whose malign influence helped lead to the downfall of the Romanovs.See all Product Description
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But, it still does not explain Rasputin. He is called "this mysterious man" throughout the book and indeed the heart of the man remains a mystery. Mystical healers and "Holy Men/Women" abounded at that time and belief in them absolute in some quarters. The book partly explains what made Rasputin different from they others, but, not completely.
The book certainly made me want to know more.
But I thought it was the latest to be written and maybe it did have something new to say. So I took the chance.
After the fall of the Tsar there was in 1918, a Commission setup to investigate the influence of Rasputin. This has always been know of course. It has always also been know that many files from that Commission went missing. I don’t think anyway thought a great deal of that. It may have been accidental. Most people thought they have been destroyed or at least lost forever.
Until the 1990s when they turned up in Paris. After many tests their authenticity was confirmed beyond doubt.
Then it became clear why they went missing in 1918.
Any report by anyone, which gave a less than negative one of Rasputin was not included in the Commissions’ final findings.
In the early twentieth century the Russian Imperial Court was like many which existed then, previously and still do. It had numerous lesser aristocrats constantly vying for the position of influencer with the Royal Family.Read more ›
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Anyone wanting to know about this mysterious character would be advised to read this book. It is meticulously detailed, and rather dense in content, but builds a very big picture... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by Rachel Williams
This, for me, is the go-to biography of Rasputin. It's long enough that you get a sense of his life and achievements, and about as unbiased either way as is possibly for someone as... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Paul Reynolds
As a longtime Russophile with a fascination for all things Romanov I found this a brilliant read. You will need to wrestle with the large cast of characters who all seem to have... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2012 by Armchair Historian
IF YOU LIKE TO READ A THRILLER BASED ON EVIDENCE THAN EDVARD IS YOUR MAN,HE IS AN ABSOLUTE MESMERISER YOU START READING DICKINS AND END UP WITH JAMES HADLEY CHASE,HIS STYLE IS TO... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2011 by A. Hussain
I got this book after watching a movie about Rasputin (Alan Rickman as Rasputin) because I was so fascinated with the character. This book did not disappoint! Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by J. Taylor
The title of this book says it all.The last word,should of been retitled Too many words!Trying to follow the basic story is spoilt by the authors condecending prose and irrelevent... Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2010 by david
From the very beginning Edvard Radzinsky attracts your attention regarding one of the most provocative and fascinating personalities that ever walked through Tsarist Russia. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2010 by Mental Food
This book is very well written with a lot of interesting facts about Rasputin, Russian history and culture. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2009 by Polycarp