The Rasputin File

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 pages
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From the bestselling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known.

For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle. With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history.

Translated from the Russian by Judson Rosengrant.
 

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User Review  - ted_newell - LibraryThing

Fasci-nating. A great read by a Russian author who undoubtedly brings Russian sensitivities to his subject. No wonder the autocracy was toppled in 1917. The political setup was Obscurantism City. It's ... Read full review

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User Review  - trulak - LibraryThing

The only reason for the fewer stars is the translation from Russian to english is stilted and often leaves the subject matter dry and impersonal. Reads like a text book too often. Otherwise, a great ... Read full review

Contents

With the Tsars
5
The Empres ss Alter Ego
140
the Pensuits Salon III
230
41
255
I0 The New Rasputin
267
A Pyrrhic Victory ?II
317
The Battle of the lntriguers
362
I3 Farewell to the Tsars 3
405
The Yusupov Night the Mystery
457
The Truth about the Nightmare
475
Epilogue
490
Afierword
503
Bibliography
511
Index
517
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Edvard Radzinsky is the author of The Last Tsar and Stalin. A celebrated playwright and television personality, he lives in Russia.


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