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Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia by [Farquhar, Michael]
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Review

"Michael Farquhar doesn't write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin's smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it."--Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and "Washington Post" columnist

Praise for Michael Farquhar's "Behind the Palace Doors"

"[A] rollicking account of kings and queens gone wild."--"People"

"Farquhar's style is a breezy pleasure throughout."--"Publishers Weekly "
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"A terrifically accessible history."--"Kirkus Reviews "

Praise for Michael Farquhar

"Michael Farquhar doesn't write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin's smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it."--Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and "Washington Post" columnist

Praise for "Secret Lives of the Tsars"
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"An excellent condensed version of Russian history . . . a fine tale of history and scandal . . . sure to please general readers and monarchy buffs alike."--"Publishers Weekly"
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"Tales from the nasty lives of global royalty . . . an easy-reading, lightweight history lesson."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Praise for "Behind the Palace Doors"

"[A] rollicking account of kings and queens gone wild."--"People"

"Farquhar's style is a breezy pleasure throughout."--"Publishers Weekly "
" "
"A terrifically accessible history."--"Kirkus Reviews "

Praise for "Secret Lives of the Tsars"
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"An accessible, exciting narrative . . . Highly recommended for generalists interested in Russian history and those who enjoy the seamier side of past lives."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"An excellent condensed version of Russian history . . . a fine tale of history and scandal . . . sure to please general readers and monarchy buffs alike."--"Publishers Weekly"
" "
"Tales from the nasty lives of global royalty . . . an easy-reading, lightweight history lesson."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Readers of this book may get a sense of why Russians are so tolerant of tyrants like Stalin and Putin. Given their history, it probably seems normal."--"The Washington Post"
Praise for Michael Farquhar
"Michael Farquhar doesn't write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin's smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it."--Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and "Washington Post" columnist

Praise for"Secret Lives of the Tsars"
""
An accessible, exciting narrative . . . Highly recommended for generalists interested in Russian history and those who enjoy the seamier side of past lives. "Library Journal"(starred review)
An excellent condensed version of Russian history . . . a fine tale of history and scandal . . . sure to please general readers and monarchy buffs alike. "Publishers Weekly"
""
Tales from the nasty lives of global royalty . . . an easy-reading, lightweight history lesson. "Kirkus Reviews"
Readers of this book may get a sense of why Russians are so tolerant of tyrants like Stalin and Putin. Given their history, it probably seems normal. "The Washington Post"
Praise for Michael Farquhar
Michael Farquhar doesn t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it. Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and "Washington Post" columnist"

About the Author

Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor at "The Washington Post, "is the bestselling author of the critically praised "Behind the Palace Doors, "as well as the national bestsellers "A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, A Treasury of Deception, "and" A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans." His work has been featured in a number of national publications, and he has appeared as a commentator on such programs as History s top-rated "Russia: Land of the Tsars "and" The French Revolution.""

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3325 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (8 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HTMC492
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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While this book is entertaining, it is not great history. To be fair, the jacket of the book does call it "true tales of Romanov iniquity," but that really is all it is. There is little historical context or development. To be honest, I am not sure what the point of this book is.

While I feel I am now a little more familiar with the general Romanov chronology, I haven't really gained much more. Interestingly, while each tsar is given one chapter, somehow by Nicholas II it was decided to give him three. Except he is the one tsar that probably people are the most familiar with. And his story has been better told in other works. Why not devote more space to the lesser known, but equally interesting, other tsars.

You can read this book in a couple of days. There is not much to it, but if you are looking for some light, entertaining reading, and you avoid fiction like I do, then you might enjoy this.
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I don't know about you, but there is just something so magnetic about the name Romanov. For me, it conjures visions of opulence, Orthodox traditions, conspiracies, enduring mysteries and of course cursed tragedy and when I saw this title trumpeting the salacious tales from behind the doors of the House of Romanov and infamous deeds of less than royal behavior I just had to read this and I am very happy with my choice. Here is a title I am excited to recommend not only for the interests it will spark in anyone with a passing curiosity in Russian history but it pulls the glittering jewels and powerful titles away and reveals human behavior (of course a lot of those are debatable) and the absurd antics that who are we kidding ourselves are just fun to read.

Mr. Farquhar has created an entertaining compulsory read that condenses 300 years of the lives of Russian rulers ranging from Ivan IV Vasilyevich (better known as Ivan The Terrible) to Nikolai (Nicholas II) Alexandrovich Romanov and presents the italicized names from history to the reader in an easy to understand lesson with details of the some of the most peculiar stories about royals you may hear and even throws in some final serious pages that hold vivid accounts of one of the main reasons the name Romanov is now synonymous with historic tragedy.
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Got this for my Mum who LOVES Russian history. She described this book as bit of good fun and an easy read.... There's not much she doesn't know about Russian history and she enjoyed this book!
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Enjoying this book, it is what I thought it was.
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Been looking for it for ages
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