The Rasputin File by EDVARD RADZINSKY

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From the bestselling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known.

For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle. With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history.

Translated from the Russian by Judson Rosengrant.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


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Radzinsky is, after Chekhov, the most frequently staged Russian playwright, and his plays have won him international acclaim. A trained historian. He is a popular television personaltiy.
Published April 29, 2010 by Anchor. 575 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Radzinsky reveals the secret behind Rasputin's psycho-spiritual hold on the tsarina and many other powerful women and men, and fleshes out the wide picture of Rasputin's many friends and foes, including the wealthy transvestite who murders him.

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However, a transcription of the titillating details of Rasputin's sexual escapades coupled with ""who's who"" captions for previously printed photographs cannot be equated with, in the author's words, ""a unique investigation."" More inadequate is Radzinsky's claim to have solved a great mystery ...

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