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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (31 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753810808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753810804
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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A fasincating book, which does explains not only how Rasputin became so important, but, also the social, religious and political factors which affected Russia at this time.
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.
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When I saw that the title was Rasputin : THE LAST WORD I raised my eyebrow as I usually find such a sweeping statement a bit pretentious and pompous. Well after having read Edvard Radzinskii' s book on Rasputin I wonder whether this might be indeed the last word. I believe that a Russian writing on a very Russian phenomena is a bless. Understanding Rasputin requires a lot of understanding for the Russian soul. How could a person or personality as Rasputin could become so influential? How could he dominate the Empress and through her the Emperor? How did he mange to have such a large following? The book gives very clear answers and one understands, without forcing the reader to accept or approve of Rasputin. It is as well a vivid picture about the Russia before the Revolution and of the Imperial Family. Did Rasputin had healing powers? Did he see the future? Was he the love of the Empress? Radzinskii deals with all these questions in an open and balanced way with deep inside. Was he a victim or a villain? Read the book and decide for yourself. You will find a lot to think about and form your own opinion. I suppose that will not be the last book on Rasputin as this story is just too fascinating not to write about but all following books will have to deal with Radzinskii' s findings and opinions. This book is a pleasure to read!!
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I was looking for a book on Rasputin and came across this one in the list of many. Actually it’s title ‘Rasputin The Last Word’, initially put me off. How audacious to call a book ‘The last word’. It would have to be pretty damn good to live up to such a title. Besides what could it possibly contain that all the others didn’t. After all the whole world has, for a century, known the story of Rasputin. The mad false monk who influenced the Russian Imperial Family and of his mystical powers. Of how he was almost impossible to kill. How he predicted the downfall of the Tsar and helped to a degree by his behaviour to bring it about. Most of us have seen one or more of the many films made about him.

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.
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Before reading this book I knew next to nothing about the mysterious figure of Rasputin. Not any more! The opening of the book conjures up an atmosphere of intrigue by revealing how most important documents detailing this period had disappeared - that is until the author came across 'The File'. This source, unread for decades, is the basis on which this book is written. Words from both his friends and enemies come alive despite the sometimes stilted translation from the Russian. From his early peasant beginnings to his lavish lifestyle as 'Friend' to the Tsar this man of contradictions is shown to evolve. The royal family tree, list of key characters and map of Russia are all provided to help the western reader. The great influence he had over the tsarina is, of course, explored - I came to my own conclusion about this and also the truth surrounding his murder - I recommend you should to!
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If you think there is nothing new to be said about Rasputin, the 'mad monk', the mystic, the legendary seducer, the friend of the last Empress of Russia, the saviour of her son, the Tsarevich, then you would be wrong. Edvard Radinsky, whose 'The Last Tsar' gave a magnificent and understanding portrait of the sad Nicholas II, the Emperor overthrown by the Bolsheviks, now turns his attention to Rasputin, whose behaviour - many would say - led to the end of the Romanov dynasty. The newly discovered file of contemporary documents means that for the first time we are given an account that is based on fact and not on conjecture. Radinsky is a playwright and it shows in his sense of the dramatic. It is a stirring tale, not least the Svengali-style influence that he gains over the Empress and the final thrilling climax when he is murdered by two aristocrats certain that if Rasputin lives the dynasty will fall. We know what they didn't - that the dynasty was doomed anyway. I haven't enjoyed a biography so much for a long time. This is a book that illuminates our recent history. And I'd like to compliment the publishers for their choice of photographs - many which I've never seen before.
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