The Romanovs

The Romanovs

The Final Chapter

Book - 2012
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From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie--also available are Peter the Great and Nicholas and Alexandra

In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than sixty years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs provides the answers, describing in suspenseful detail the dramatic efforts to discover the truth. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie, the author of Catherine the Great, presents a colorful panorama of contemporary characters, illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans, whose findings, along with those of DNA scientists from Russia, America, and Great Britain, all contributed to solving one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century.

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The Romanovs

"Riveting . . . unfolds like a detective story."-- Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Enthralling . . . as fascinating as any novel and more so than most."-- The New York Times Book Review

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"A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible."-- Harper's

Publisher: New York : The Modern Library, [2012], ©1995.
ISBN: 9780679645634
Characteristics: x, 335 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.


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Jun 27, 2016

This book got me so hooked onto the Russian imperial family history!!!

lbarkema Mar 05, 2015

This may be my own fault, but I was under the impression that this book was about the last days/months of the Romanov family before the were executed. Instead it was about the finding of the bones, identifying them, quarreling over the identification, impostors claiming to be Alexis and Anastasia, and the lawsuits that came about to prove that Anna Anderson was NOT in fact, Anastasia. Whew, a lot of information and it still kept me kind-of intrigued, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. Also, he wrote this book in 1995 immediately after all of this went down and so I found that there were still so many questions left to answer. If he would have waited another few years, more could have been said instead of just ending paragraphs with "he has still not heard from him today" (that was very general and not a real example, but you get the idea). I liked his writing enough though that I will go back and read Nicholas and Alexandra at some point.

Apr 29, 2012

Only read this if you are a serious history buff. Otherwise, it's a little graphic for my taste, but he does cover all the details of the last Russian royal family quite well:

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