Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

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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.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Robert K. Massie's Catherine the Great. 


About Robert K. Massie

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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.
Published November 8, 2011 by Random House. 673 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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An intimate account of the life of Nicholas II, last tsar of imperial Russia, his German empress Alexandra and their five children, this is, au fond and explicitly, a curious addition to the literature of the link between private health and public history. Mr. Massie, whose own son suffers from h...

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The authors, who, surprisingly, are more cautious than many contemporary historians about blaming Lenin directly, offer and annotate those long-repressed documents most relevant to this issue: letters and telegrams exchanged between Moscow and Yekaterinburg in July 1918 concerning the fate of the...

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