Nicholas And Alexandra: The Classic Account Of The Fall Of The Romanov Dynasty

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Nicholas And Alexandra: The Classic Account Of The Fall Of The Romanov Dynasty

by Robert K. Massie

Random House Publishing Group | February 15, 2000 | Trade Paperback

Nicholas And Alexandra: The Classic Account Of The Fall Of The Romanov Dynasty is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.

The story of the love that ended an empire

In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs’ lives: Nicholas’s political naïveté, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history—the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 8.26 × 5.48 × 1.25 in

Published: February 15, 2000

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345438310

ISBN - 13: 9780345438317

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Totally interesting and not dry and boring as some history books could be.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating story with a tragic ending I've not read very much Russian history, but a fictional account of the last Russian Tsar's last days with his family before they were all executed in 1918 (The Kitchen Boy) caught my interest and, based on that, I decided to read some nonfiction about Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their five children, including their one son, their youngest, Nicholas's heir, a hemophiliac. I found this very interesting. I didn't rate it higher because the political stuff just isn't as interesting to me as their personal lives. Rasputin's (all I knew about him before this was from the Boney M song!) part in the entire story really held my attention. Fascinating story with a tragic ending.
Date published: 2012-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating and Frustrating... No matter where one stands on ideological and political spectrum, it is very hard for one to remain phlegmatic when reading Robert K. Massie’s extraordinary, almost surreal tale of the last Imperial Family of Russia. Massie presents us with a large canvass of the long-gone Russia where the Tsars ruled with absolute power and authority. It is a Russia of popular, ideal imagination with harsh snowy weather; poor but virtuous men and women, who believe that Tsars are anointed by God to rule – there is peculiar miasma of sadness about its people because of their simplicity. But it is a Russia that is rapidly changing and increasingly becoming European in its political, social and moral thoughts and ideas. At the centre of all this was a simple, loving, passionate and naïve couple: Nicholas and Alexandra. Even if the reader does not know anything about Russia, he will have no problem with reading this astonishing saga. As a matter of fact, Massie’s book can serve as a great introduction to the ancient land. Massie starts with talking about Russia, its ideas and ideals, its thoughts, and its people. He lucidly describes the dynasty of the Romanovs, especially since the reign of Nicholas’ grandfather, Tsar-Liberator Alexander II. We learn about intermingling and its subsequent consequences of royal families of Europe (mostly made possible by the matchmaker extraordinaire -“Granny” Queen Victoria). I was tormented when reading about Nicholas and Alexandra because I did not know whether to pity them, or be angry. Nicholas single-mindedly and relentlessly believed that he was an “autocrat” and he must pass his autocracy to his son, Alexis, who was inflicted with haemophilia. After losing a war to Japan, he reluctantly started reforms and created the Duma yet Alexis’ haemophilia was to have such grave consequences that it would eventually lead to the demise of Tsarist Russia. The most damage to the – what we would now call – “royal image” was Alexandra’s fascination with a vile “starets,” Rasputin. Perhaps, had “Nicky” accepted parliament reforms and become a revered constitutional monarch like his shrewd and dutiful English cousin, “Georgie,” the Romanov dynasty would still be reigning over Russia and its people would probably not had to live under brutal and inhumane dictatorships of Lenin and Stalin. “Nicholas and Alexandra” is truly one of those books that will make you laugh and cry. I can vouch that you will feel a pang of pain by the end of this fantastically bizarre legend. A reader will be amazed by the dutifulness and stupidity of some peculiar characters. A fantastic book on a fantastic subject by a fantastic writer!
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History as fairy tale... ...without, of course, the 'happily ever after'. The true tragedy of Czar Nicholas II and his beautiful Empress, as Massie demonstrates in this masterful book, is that they lacked the vision and understanding to be more than a storybook prince and princess at a time when history was spectacularly unforgiving of such. The sheer scope and detail of this book is incredible --yet the subjects are all too human. Still the definitive account (although the author's characterization of Rasputin has been attacked in some quarters) and highly recommended.
Date published: 1999-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Russian History at its Best! Although I have not yet finished this book, I can highly recommend it as an interesting read for anyone who has even the remote fascination with Russia and Russia history. A tragic story, the author provides all the facts of the couple and their fall from grace in a way that anyone from the historian to the "average joe" can appreciate and find interesting.
Date published: 1999-11-18

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Nicholas And Alexandra: The Classic Account Of The Fall Of The Romanov Dynasty

by Robert K. Massie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 8.26 × 5.48 × 1.25 in

Published: February 15, 2000

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345438310

ISBN - 13: 9780345438317

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9780679645610|excerpt Massie / NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA Part One CHAPTER ONE 1894: Imperial Russia From the Baltic city of St. Petersburg, built on a river marsh in a far northern corner of the empire, the Tsar ruled Russia. So immense were the Tsar’s dominions that, as night began to fall along their western borders, day already was breaking on their Pacific coast. Between these distant frontiers lay a continent, one sixth of the land surface of the globe. Through the depth of Russia’s winters, millions of tall pine trees stood silent under heavy snows. In the summer, clusters of white-­trunked birch trees rustled their silvery leaves in the slanting rays of the afternoon sun. Rivers, wide and flat, flowed peacefully through the grassy plains of European Russia toward a limitless southern horizon. Eastward, in Siberia, even mightier rivers rolled north to the Arctic, sweeping through forests where no human had ever been, and across desolate marshes of frozen tundra. Here and there, thinly scattered across the broad land, lived the one hundred and thirty million subjects of the Tsar: not only Slavs but Baits, Jews, Germans, Georgians, Armenians, Uzbeks and Tartars. Some were clustered in provincial cities and towns, dominated by onion-­shaped church domes rising above the white-­walled houses. Many more lived in straggling villages of unpainted log huts. Next to doorways, a few sunflowers might grow. Geese and pigs wandered freely through the muddy stree
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The story of the love that ended an empire

In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs’ lives: Nicholas’s political naïveté, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history—the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.

From the Jacket

More than a quarter of a century after it was first published in hardcover comes a never-before-issued trade paperback edition of the classic Nicholas and Alexandra. Featuring a new introduction by its Pulitzer Prize -- winning author, this powerful work sweeps us back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs'' lives: Nicholas''s political naivete, Alexandra''s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis''s brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Robert K. Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history -- the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble. . . .

About the Author

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His books include Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

Editorial Reviews

“A larger-than-life drama.”—Saturday Review

“A moving, rich book . . . [This] revealing, densely documented account of the last Romanovs focuses not on the great events . . . but on the royal family and their evil nemesis. . . . The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it.”—Newsweek

“A wonderfully rich tapestry, the colors fresh and clear, every strand sewn in with a sure hand. Mr. Massie describes those strange and terrible years with sympathy and understanding. . . . They come vividly before our eyes.”—The New York Times
 
“An all-too-human picture . . . Both Nicholas and Alexandra with all their failings come truly alive, as does their almost storybook romance.”—Newsday
 
“A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible.”—Harper’s
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