The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg (Google eBook)
On the sweltering summer night of July 16, 1918, in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg, a group of assassins led an unsuspecting Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra, the desperately ill Tsarevich, and their four beautiful daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, into a basement room where they were shot and then bayoneted to death.
This is the story of those murders, which ended three hundred years of Romanov rule and set their stamp on an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.
The Last Days of the Romanovs counts down to the last, tense hours of the family’s lives, stripping away the over-romanticized versions of previous accounts. The story focuses on the family inside the Ipatiev House, capturing the oppressive atmosphere and the dynamics of a group—the Romanovs, their servants, and guards—thrown together by extraordinary events.
Marshaling overlooked evidence from key witnesses such as the British consul to Ekaterinburg, Sir Thomas Preston, American and British travelers in Siberia, and the now-forgotten American journalist Herman Bernstein, Helen Rappaport gives a brilliant account of the political forces swirling through the remote Urals town. She conveys the tension of the watching world: the Kaiser of Germany and George V, King of England—both, like Alexandra, grandchildren of Queen Victoria—their nations locked in combat as the First World War drew to its bitter end. And she draws on recent releases from the Russian archives to challenge the view that the deaths were a unilateral act by a maverick group of the Ekaterinburg Bolsheviks, identifying a chain of command that stretches directly, she believes, to Moscow—and to Lenin himself.
Telling the story in a compellingly new and dramatic way, The Last Days of the Romanovs brings those final tragic days vividly alive against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil, on the brink of a devastating civil war.
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Review: The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at EkaterinburgUser Review - Nick Sweeney - Goodreads
A thorough look at the last few months of the Imperial Russian family, led by Nicholas Romanov and his German-born wife Alexandra, plus their children, the princesses Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia ... Read full review
Review: The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at EkaterinburgUser Review - Marissa - Goodreads
I wasn't very impressed with this book. It gave a lot of information that I didn't want to hear about and lacked information that I felt was warranted. I understand that a lot of the information ... Read full review
10What Is To Be Done with Nicholas?
11Absolutely No News from Outside
12Something Has Happened to Them in There
13Ordinary People Like Us
14The House of Special Purpose
15The Will of the Revolution
16The World Will Never Know WhatWe Did to Them
EPILOGUEThe Scent of Lilies