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A book showing its age
on 16 April 2013
40 years ago, when it was written, this book would have been excellent.
Now , it reads as an attempt to exculpate Tsar Nicholas II from responsibility from the chain of events that lead to him being murdered in a cellar in Ekaterinburg with his family. When it was written, it was important to show that his murderers were Bolsheviks, acting under orders from more senior Bolsheviks.
However, we now live in a world where it is not politck to make such a fuss about what happens in Russia, especially because its President used to work for the KGB.
IMHO, both the Tsar and Tsarina missed their chance to survive, and prevent their children being killed, in the interval between the revolutions that occurred in 1917.
This book would have you believe that both the Tsar and Tsarina were well-meaning innocents, when waging war against Japan, Germany, the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires and their own people. It's sad that they died in a messy execution, but many more of their subjects suffered equally chaotic or more prolonged deaths thanks to choices made by Nicholas and Alexandra.