The Last Days of the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport
Tragedy at Ekaterinburg

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Rappaport, an expert in the field of Russian history, brings you the riveting day-by-day account of the last fourteen days of the Russian Imperial family, in this first of two books about the Romanovs. Her second book The Romanov Sisters, offering a never-before-seen glimpse at the lives of the Tsar’s beautiful daughters and a celebration of their unique stories, will be published in 2014.

The brutal murder of the Russian Imperial family on the night of July 16–17, 1918 has long been a defining moment in world history. The Last Days of the Romanovs reveals in exceptional detail how the conspiracy to kill them unfolded.

In the vivid style of a TV documentary, Helen Rappaport reveals both the atmosphere inside the family’s claustrophobic prison and the political maneuverings of those who wished to save—or destroy—them. With the watching world and European monarchies proving incapable of saving the Romanovs, the narrative brings this tragic story to life in a compellingly new and dramatic way, culminating in a bloody night of horror in a cramped basement room.

 

About Helen Rappaport

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HELEN RAPPAPORT studied Russian at Leeds University and is a specialist in Russian and nineteenth-century women’s history. She lives in Oxford.
 
Published February 3, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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You-are-there account of the grim 1918 countdown toward the deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

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Synthesizing a variety of sources, British historian Rappaport (Joseph Stalin ) details the Romanovs’ last two weeks, imprisoned in a cramped private house

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After enduring just over a year under house arrest with his family, first at the Alexander Place in St. Petersburg and then later at Tobolsk in Western Siberia, Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov, the former Tsar of Russia, and his unhealthy wife Alexandra, the former Tsarina, are put on a special tr...

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Historical Novel Society

On 17 July 1918, in Ekaterinburg, Bolsheviks brutally murdered Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexey.

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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 ...

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Summary: A detailed and chilling account of the last few weeks in captivity of ex-Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family.

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