The Fate of the Romanovs Paperback – Oct 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The family members of Nicholas II, Russia's last tsar, were executed in July 1918, soon after the Bolshevik Revolution-and the speculation as to what exactly happened hasn't died out during the past 85 years. In this comprehensive volume of one of history's great intrigues, independent scholars King and Wilson stoke the flames of controversy with a creative theory: Lenin and the other Bolshevik rulers in Moscow didn't give the orders to kill the tsar's family, as has been believed. This wasn't out of any sympathy for Nicholas and his family-in fact, the authors point out that Lenin was perhaps the epitome of realpolitik, allowing little emotion in his political decisions. Using an intriguing reading of the Russian archives, the authors argue that Lenin preferred a trial to an execution for fear of antagonizing the Germans, whom he wanted to appease in order to consolidate his own grip on power. Instead, it was local Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg, where the royal family was held, who made the decision to go ahead and execute Nicholas and his family. The executions were blamed on Lenin because it served as a convenient myth for those lamenting the fall of the Romanov dynasty. While the book is somewhat longer than necessary, those fascinated with the case will find it worthwhile.
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Perhaps no twentieth-century event has been as shrouded in enduring mystery and speculation as the massacre of Czar Nicholas and his family in Ekaterinburg, Siberia, in 1917. This riveting political and personal drama has been the subject of countless books, movies, documentaries, musical compositions, and Internet Web sites. The almost cultlike devotion to the Romanov legend and legacy has been fueled by the fact that the entire imperial family--including innocent children--were summarily executed by a regime purporting to usher in a new era of equality and morality. In an attempt to separate historical fact from sentimental fantasy, King and Wilson have taken advantage of the glut of documentation made available by the collapse of the Soviet Union, fashioning a comprehensive reexamination of the 78 days of the Ekaterinburg captivity, the murders themselves, and the 1991 exhumation of the bodies. Utilizing fresh information and cobbling together an abundance of primary and secondary source material, the authors engage in a complex game of historical detection that ultimately results in a controversial new perspective on an old but ever-captivating topic. Margaret Flanagan
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Additionally, the authors are rather selective and/or incomplete in their portrayal of events and issues.Read more ›
Two agendas side by side form the book's raison d'etre. One, as the authors assert, is to 'shatter long held beliefs' about the Imperial Family. The other is to plant or water any seeds of doubt about what happened on the night of their murder, thus whetting readers' appetite for the planned sequel about those that have claimed to be one of the Grand Duchesses or the Heir. When faced with readers possessed of a good enough memory and enough powers of discrimination, King and Wilson fail on both counts.
Two cases in point. First: It is claimed that the executioners did not discover any undergarments that concealed jewels on Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna because of her having been disgraced in her mother's eyes. This is only the sort of supposition typical of this book. It is easy to recall that at the time her sisters were sewing those fortified clothes, she was with her mother and father, separated from them. Therefore, a far more logical reason exists for no such thing being found on Maria.Read more ›
Whether I agree or not with every path they took along the way to the book's completion, I applaud Mr. King and Ms. Wilson for telling the truth, as they see it, to the best of their remarkable abilities. They have indisputably raised the benchmark on scholarly treatment of this subject, and those of us who disagree with this or that point of theirs will have to do an enormous amount of research in order to properly challenge the authors' painstakingly-earned credibility.
Most recent customer reviews
I think this book was an excellent read. The authors did an wonderful job in every aspect of this book. The research was very detailed and explicit, and the writting was superb. Read morePublished on July 11 2004
More than an account of a royal family massacred. Through arduous research and historical evidence the authors humanize the Romanov family and their infamous experience. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Pablo Fonseca
I found it to be well researched and a good read. It has a wealth of information both old and new. It's a compelling historical drama that I can easily recomend to anyone... Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Watson
Many people drool over this book, believing in the authors every last word. It is very obvious that the main point was to make the Imperial family look as horrible as possible. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
Look, I haven't read this book, but I notice some of the reviews are from the authors or their friends. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Fred Becker
Having completed King and Wilson's aformentioned historical analysis of the fate of the Romanovs, it is without a doubt a must-read for anyone interested in the collapse of the... Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by John Halaychik III
Naturally we tend to focus ourselves on the actual murder of the beloved Romanov family instead of what they endured in the days preceeding the massacre. Read morePublished on March 15 2004
This was a great book, I really like how it brought down the Romanovs from the pedastal that so many people put them on, and made them real people with faults. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by steve
Sorry - this is just a semi-imaginative rehash of all the long histories on this subject we've seen so many times before - only this time, an added dash of ridiculous speculation... Read morePublished on March 2 2004