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Rivals the Manson murders for the pure savagery A shameful act Book was very well written and well balanced Made the Romanovs human than Nicholas and Alexandra which practically deified them Oh where to begin Where to begin I bought this book in December 2012 while I was on an HPB run on lunch from a cataloging workshop I wasn t expecting high scholarship if only from the terrible cover To the smart aleck saying not to udge books by their covers let me take a second and tell you why this cover is worthy of udgment It s anyone s guess why this woman decided to put a cover on said book featuring a red tinted badly shopped image of the 1902 Rothschild egg over the 1914 Livadia portrait of the Imperial family Please notice the idiotically superimposed Imperial eagle right over the "cockerel s neck the shop ob is so "s neck The shop ob is so THAT IN PERSON YOU CAN SEE THE PIXELSBUT I in person you can see the pixelsBut I Having very little expectat I M Always Disturbed At always disturbed at romanticized and saccharined portrayal of the Romanov murders It seems wrong to cannonize the dynasty that inflicted torture exil I m probably not being fair in giving this book 4 stars but I can t help it I am not being a misoginistic arsehole it s ust my frank opinion This has probably been the direct effect of the latest history book that I read which is The End by Ian Kershaw Now that s master class retelling of some or other part of humanity s history However it s not ust that particular work that influenced my view on the matter By comparison this seemed filled with pointless and rather boring opinions about the situation of the Romanovs from 1890 through to 17th of July 1918 Now don t get me wrong I fully enjoyed all the details and I found out things that I wouldn t have had they not been presented here What I m pointing out is that I could sense it was written by a woman Hear me out I don t want any sentiments in my history books I want an author who even if she s passionate about the subject and can rant about it for days it won t show on paper I want an objective speaker who doesn t interfere with my emotions or alters my feelings towards a certain event but rather lets me decide how I feel about it after giving me all the details she could Ekaterinburg is not one of those works From the very first page I felt like I was bullied into caring for the members of this famous family even their dogs and despise their guardians and any other by stander who allowed something like this to happen For the record I do care about the Romanovs and I think the animals who did what they did are no better than scum for acting in such a way That does not anyhow affect my opinion that it shouldn t be the author of this history book who presses me into thinking this way In the end 4 stars Filled with precious information about this illustrious family it s a good read for anyone interested in the subject One fascinating historical book about the Romanovs and a close look to their last days their killers and the legacy of the stunning famous family I wrote about them in my review of The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra The Last Days of the Romanovs Tragedy at Ekaterinburg is a sad touching book with an emotional end There was only one member of the family left waiting for them to return but it didn t happen The cruelty of the massacre and the brutality of the plan how to hide the bodies still make me shudder It s disgusting what those animals did to this poor family This book only solidifies the saying that the only good communist is a dead communist The last few chapters of this book are absolutely horrifying But beyond that this is an interesting window into the Romanovs last few months of life They were loving pious and a seemingly beautiful family and it s a travesty that anyone was capable of doing what was done to these poor people A readable fast paced and interesting history of the Romanov family s demise The narrative covers the family s last two weeks at Ekaterinburg as well as the tsar s decision to abdicate and how the family got there Rappaport also covers the interactions between the local soviet and the Moscow regime The Soviet leadership by then trying to crush the Whites had basically lost interest in the family s fate they didn t want the Whites to get anywhere near them but that was about it The decision to execute the family was made uickly and the communists uickly moved on after that and rescuing the family was a low priority for the allies Her treatment of Yurovsky is a bit nuanced than usual The narrative is a bit rep. On the sweltering summer night of July 16 1918 in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg a group of assassins led an unsuspecting Tsar Nicholas II of Russia his wife the Tsarina Alexandra the desperately ill Tsarevich and their four beautiful daughters Olga Tatiana Maria and Anastasia into a basement room where they were shot and then bayoneted to death This is the story of those murders which ended three hundred years of Romanov rule and set their stamp on an era of state orchestrated terror and brutal repression The Last Days of the Romanovs counts down to the last tense hours of the family’s lives stripping away the over rom. ,


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Ekaterinburg The last days of the RomanovsFor easy reading Rather than stutter "stop restart in order to uibble with Every Different Variation Rappaport different variation Rappaport focus on the "and restart order to uibble with every different variation Rappaport can focus on the the atmosphere the slow and inexorable tightening of the noose Of course as Rappaport acknowledges in an afterword this involves a great deal of subjective interpretation Based on her reputation she is entitled to this and to some extent all historians and writers are subjective in their staging Still I disagree with Rappaport s decision to not provide footnotes or endnotes She s not the only popular historianauthor to do this and their excuse is always the same they don t want to clutter the tale But that s ust laziness Annotated endnotes can be used without any kind of notation in the body of the text The general reader can absorb the story without the distraction of tiny numbers at the end of sentences the interested reader can turn to the back for citations and further discussion This isn t really a criticism because again I understand her purpose to grip the reader and not let go To that end this book is extremely effective and well paced and imbued with Rappaport s empathy for her subjects As tightly as The Last Days of the Romanovs is constructed it is inevitable that you lose a lot of context This is not through any fault of Rappaport of course She did not set out to tell the whole crazysad tale of the Romanovs and the Russian Revolution With that said I often find that certain books work better when you go into it with a bit of an overarching framework in you mind The murder of the Romanovs was not an execution but a shocking act of bestial savagery But it also took place within a hugely complicated environment Rappaport definitely feels a great deal of emotion for the Romanovs and that is mostly for the good Still it elides a bit of the overall truth of the family The Nicholas of The Last Days of the Romanovs is a uiet humble dignified man who stoically and uncomplainingly accepts the slings and arrows of the Ural Soviet His wife Alexandra is a sickly pitiable woman leeching energy and strength from her young daughters There is little indication of the weakness and paradoxical nature of the bumbling Nicholas II which led him to both hate his ob and to cling to its autocratic foundations until it was too late He was a great family man but also a rabid anti Semite He claimed to want nothing than to be an English farmer yet he did not believe in ceding anything to democracy even when the clamor became deafening There is also little criticism of Alexandra who attempted to wield power on Nicholas s behalf while he was at Stavka and heeded no advice save what came to her from incompetent sycophants She was a loyal partner but loyal to a fault urging Nicholas II to double down on every mistake It is perhaps understandable that Rappaport shies away from sharp critiues of the Romanovs After all what came after them was far far worse For all Nicholas II s mistakes he didn t indifferently condemn millions to death by starvation like Stalin and he didn t fetishize the firing suad like Lenin In a way the destruction of the Romanov family and especially the children Alexei Olga Tatiana Marie and Anastasia symbolizes the blind indifference to humanity exhibited by the Bolsheviks as they clawed their way to power This was not a necessary act It was an act of violence for the sake of violence The men who carried it out were drunks criminals psychopaths They did not wade in the blood of the Romanovs for the good of mankind they did not fondle the body of the dead tsarina in support of the proletariat They did these things because the opportunity arose for them to act on their darkest impulses I strongly recommend reading this in conjunction with Rappaport s The Romanov Sisters which breathes individual life into Olga Tatiana Marie and Anastasia four young women who are often lumped together by historians Taking these two books back to back provides a full and powerful reading experience that left me bereft for this flawed doomed family Nicholas and Alexander had their chances made their mistakes and paid the ultimate price The children though were simply caught up in the maelstrom like so many others of their countrymen and women To look at their pictures is to feel the chill of a ghost brushing your arm Theirs are the faces young attractive frozen unaware in black and white portraits of a calamity that defies human understanding They somehow stand for the millions who died in the sad agony of Russia s convulsion and the millions who were to die in years to com. Rge V King of England both like Alexandra grandchildren of ueen Victoria their nations locked in combat as the First World War drew to its bitter end And she draws on recent releases from the Russian archives to challenge the view that the deaths were a unilateral act by a maverick group of the Ekaterinburg Bolsheviks identifying a chain of command that stretches directly she believes to Moscow and to Lenin himself Telling the story in a compellingly new and dramatic way The Last Days of the Romanovs brings those final tragic days vividly alive against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil on the brink of a devastating civil war. Etitive and there are no footnotes The prose is a bit pedestrian at "Times Also Like Most "Also like most on the subject the Romanov daughters are lumped together and we don t really get to know them as individuals Rappaport treats the czar with sympathy although this seems a bit naive at times But in all an intimate well written work After finishing The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra I picked up this book hoping for insight into the family and their last days at Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg This was a riveting historical Account Tightly Paced Than The Romanov SistersI Didn T Care tightly paced than The Romanov SistersI didn t care the off topic meandering in The Romanov Sisters however I felt like the broader historical information in this book was not only on point but vitally necessary in order to show how the Romanovs were caught up in larger social and political forces sweeping Russia Through a detailed exploration of the events leading up to the execution the book shows why the Bolsheviks ultimately chose to murder the family and why the crowned heads of Europe many of them close relatives of the Romanovs failed to rescue them I especially appreciated how much of the book focused on the political and symbolic significance of the city of EkaterinburgIn short I would recommend this book over The Romanov Sisters to anyone interested in the Romanov family This book includes detailed biographical information on each member of the family as well as an exploration of the broader events of this time period It is a tremendously moving well researched and well written account of not only the Romanovs last days but also of this turbulent period in Russian history First it s ust sad then it s straight up brutal I prefer Rappaport s The Romanov Sisters but this is a great book as well if you can handle it because some of this is actually hard to read not because of the writing but because of what s written Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in this part of history Yurovksy having finished reading the decree pulled out his Colt stepped forward and shot the Tsar at point blank range in the chest Ermakov Kudrin and Medvedev not to be outdone and wanting their moment of personal revenge and glory too immediately took aim and fired at Nicholas as well followed by most of the others propelling an arc of blood and tissue over his terrified son behind him For a moment the Tsar s body uivered on the spot his eyes fixated and wide his chest cavities ripped open by bullets now frothing with oxygenated blood his heart speeding up all in a vain attempt to pump blood round his traumatized body Then he uietly crumpled to the floor But at least Nicholas was spared the sight of seeing what happened to his wife and family Helen Rappaport The Last Days of the Romanovs This is a species of horror story where you know the ending in advance of cracking the front cover Before you read the first word on the first page you know that it will end in a claustrophobic basement room choked with smoke and the metallic scent of blood with bodies including children riddled with bullets Helen Rappaport s The Last Days of the Romanovs is a slim volume recounting in strict narrative fashion the final anxious hours of the Romanov dynasty from the time they arrived in Ekaterinburg to the moment they were walked to the basement of the utterly Soviet named House of Special Purpose It ends badly for the Romanovs for Nicholas II and his beloved family It ends in such a way that you ll start to wonder if you haven t already why 20th Century Fox ever felt it appropriate to spin a motion picture with talking animals out of this gory massacre Each of the sixteen chapters in The Last Days of The Romanovs there is also a brief introduction and epilogue covers a day or span of days in the fast fading lives of ex Tsar Nicholas II his wife Alexandra their hemophiliac son Alexei and their four young daughters Intermingled with a claustrophobic and personality based retelling of those fraught days balanced upon the edge of the unknown cut off from the outside world waiting for a rescue that never seriously materialized are mini biographies of the all the Romanovs as well as some of their captorstormentors As I mentioned above Rappaport chooses to tell her story purely as a narrative This is not an academic or scholarly work The deaths of the Romanovs is a historical incident that is tangled in countless controversies myths speculations lies and half truths Rappaport however has made her own study of it and seamlessly presents her version of events This makes. Anticized versions of previous accounts The story focuses on the family inside the Ipatiev House capturing the oppressive atmosphere and the dynamics of a group the Romanovs their servants and guards thrown together by extraordinary eventsMarshaling overlooked evidence from key witnesses such as the British consul to Ekaterinburg Sir Thomas Preston American and British travelers in Siberia and the now forgotten American Rebooting India journalist Herman Bernstein Helen Rappaport gives a brilliant account of the political forces swirling through the remote Urals town She conveys the tension of the watching world the Kaiser of Germany and Geo.