Alexandra: The Last Tsarina

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
28 Reviews

Taking advantage of material unavailable until the fall of the Soviet Union, Erickson portrays Alexandra's story as a closely observed, enthrallingly documented, progressive psychological retreat from reality.

The lives of the Romanovs were full of color and drama, but the personal life of Alexandra has remained enigmatic. Under Erickson's masterful scrutiny the full dimensions of the Empresses' singular psychology are revealed: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to attain her romantic goal of marriage to Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, her struggles with her in-laws, her false pregnancy, her increasing eccentricities and loss of self as she became more preoccupied with matters of faith, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, long practiced skill, and generous imagination, Erickson crafts a character who lives and breathes.

 

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User Review  - Irene Palfy - Goodreads

Highly enjoyable. The author tried to stay as neutral as possible and seldomly got into "the claws of sentimentality". Not as gossipy and scandal-hunting as others I really enjoyed this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Karolyn - Goodreads

I have always believed that Alix and Nicky were not as horrible as history leads us to believe, but they surely did not make it easy to defend them. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
17
Section 4
27
Section 5
37
Section 6
45
Section 7
56
Section 8
66
Section 20
181
Section 21
184
Section 22
192
Section 23
202
Section 24
211
Section 25
221
Section 26
231
Section 27
241

Section 9
74
Section 10
85
Section 11
93
Section 12
102
Section 13
111
Section 14
120
Section 15
130
Section 16
140
Section 17
150
Section 18
160
Section 19
170
Section 28
252
Section 29
261
Section 30
267
Section 31
279
Section 32
290
Section 33
299
Section 34
308
Section 35
317
Section 36
327
Section 37
334
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About the author (2007)

A Ph.D. in medieval history from Columbia University led Carolly Erickson to six years as a college professor, then to a career as a full-time writer. She lives in Florida.

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