Nicholas and Alexandra Paperback – Feb 1 2000
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“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
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.See all Product Description
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'Nicholas and Alexandra' is a thorough history. It has an impressive Bibliography with a lot of primary source material listed and the end notes meticulously cite the source references. One would usually expect such a book to be dry, dusty and dense but this one reads like a novel. Massie has a very easily fluid way of expressing himself and his prose is rich. Not only are his descriptions very visual, he is often able to communicate the atmosphere and tensions of the times and events. There is only one chapter where I found the writing got a bit slow and uninteresting (perhaps Massie didn't find this part of the story interesting himself), but I say that one out of thirty-four ain't bad.
My only quibble with the book is a minor one: frequently, Massie deals with one aspect of the history and then goes on to some other related topic. This necessitates a number of jumps back and forth in the chronology and, while it is not a bad way to tell the story, I found it threw me off ever so slightly at times and I had to go back to see what period was being discussed. It wasn't a major problem, at all, but maybe the jumps could have been a bit more deftly handled.
I found it interesting that Massie never yielded to temptation to speculate whether any of the supposed victims of the slaughter at the Ipatiev house actually survived and whether any of the claimants to being Anastasia or the Tsarevich were telling the truth. He flatly states that the entire party were killed on the spot and their bodies mostly destroyed before whatever was left was thrown down a mineshaft.Read more ›
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