Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

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Random House, Apr 2, 2009 - History - 272 pages
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A vivid and compelling account of the final thirteen days of the Romanovs, counting down to the last, tense hours of their lives.

On 4 July 1918, a new commandant took control of a closely guarded house in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg. His name was Yakov Yurovsky, and his prisoners were the Imperial family: the former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey. Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room.

This is the story of those murders, which ended 300 years of Romanov rule and began an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

Being an exhaustive account of the Romanov family's imprisonment and execution. Despite the book's compact physical format, It is difficult to imagine a more definitive treatment of the matter; I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - steadfastreader - LibraryThing

Decent historical account of the last fourteen days of the Romanov family. The author doesn't hold back with the grisly details, which was fine with me. However, the book dragged in places for me when ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Helen Rappaport is an historian and Russianist with a specialism in the Victorians and revolutionary Russia. Her books include Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs, No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War, and Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the death that changed the monarchy, as well as Beautiful For Ever: Madame Rachel of Bond Street - Cosmetician, Con-Artist and Blackmailer. She lives in West Dorset.

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