Rasputin: The Untold Story

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 24, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Based on new sources—the definitive biography of Rasputin, with revelations about his life, death, and involvement with the Romanovs

A century after his death, Grigory Rasputin remains fascinating: the Russian peasant with hypnotic eyes who befriended Tsar Nicholas II and helped destroy the Russian Empire, but the truth about his strange life has never fully been told. Written by the world's leading authority on Rasputin, this new biography draws on previously closed Soviet archives to offer new information on Rasputin's relationship with Empress Alexandra, sensational revelations about his sexual conquests, a re-examination of his murder, and more.

  • Based on long-closed Soviet archives and the author's decades of research, encompassing sources ranging from baptismal records and forgotten police reports to notes written by Rasputin and personal letters
  • Reveals new information on Rasputin's family history and strange early life, religious beliefs, and multitudinous sexual adventures as well as his relationship with Empress Alexandra, ability to heal the haemophiliac tsarevich, and more
  • Includes many previously unpublished photos, including contemporary studio photographs of Rasputin and samples of his handwriting
  • Written by historian Joesph T. Fuhrmann, a Rasputin expert whose 1990 biography Rasputin: A Life was widely praised as the best on the subject

Synthesizing archival sources with published documents, memoirs, and other studies of Rasputin into a single, comprehensive work, Rasputin: The Untold Story will correct a century's worth of misconception and error about the life and death of the famous Siberian mystic and healer and the decline and fall of Imperial Russia.


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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

This is a biography of Gregory Rasputin. Born a peasant in Siberia, he became religious and powerful as he befriended Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. He was often manipulative and many people ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jason Lytle - Goodreads

I really liked it had a nice flow and breezed right through it. Fuhrmann challenged a lot of the existing myths. Using the then recently opened Russian archives. Some interesting stories that I did not hear before. Also tracks down his family members which is rather tragic. Read full review


Nicholas and Alexandra Waiting for a Friend
The New Rasputin
The Church Strikes Back
The Romanovs Holy Fool 7 The Captains Mysterious Report 8 Black Boars Become Bishops
You Are OurAll
The Woman with the Missing Nose
Disaster Lurks in Moscow
The TsarTakes Charge and Loses Control
Our Friends Ideas about Men
ShadowsCome atTwilight
The Aftermath

GodHas Heard YourPrayers
Spiritual Crisis

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JOSEPH T. FUHRMANN, Emeritus Professor of History at Murray State University in Kentucky, received his PhD from Indiana University, one of the leading centers for Russian studies. He attended Moscow University from 1965 to 1966. His first biography of Rasputin, Rasputin: A Life, was regarded as the best book on the subject. Since gaining access to previously closed Soviet archives, he has worked from 1991 in Russian repositories and studied a host of unpublished documents. The first biography inspired documentaries on A&E and the History Channel. He has appeared in three programs as an interviewed guest and as script consultant for two of them.

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