The Flight of the Romanovs

The Flight of the Romanovs

A Family Saga

Book - 1999
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A saga of love and lust, personal tensions and rivalries, antagonisms and hatreds, The Flight of the Romanovs describes the last century of the Russian imperial dynasty, the Romanovs, from the youth of the future tsar Alexander III in the 1860s until the death in 1960 of his daughter, Olga Alexandrovna, the last grand duchess.John Curtis Perry and Constantine V. Pleshakov use a wealth of previously untapped sources, including unpublished diaries of many of the principal characters, interviews with people who knew them well, and never before published photographs to create a history of a family and a time. Along the way we learn of the relationships between Alexander III and his children, the conspiracy against Rasputin, Duke Dimitrie's affair with Coco Chanel, the hostile behavior of the House of Windsor toward the Romanovs, and the war between the Romanovs and the secret police.Concluding with a discussion of the imperial restoration movement in Russia today, The Flight of the Romanovs is a must-read for anyone interested in the Romanov family, Russian history, and the history of European royalty.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c1999.
ISBN: 9780465024629
0465024629
Characteristics: xviii, 427 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pleshakov, Konstantin

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lisafrancis24
Nov 18, 2018

Fascinating book, to read the tragic stories of what happened to the Romanovs, the ones who were murdered in Russia, not just the Tsar and his wife and children but his brother, his Uncles, and his cousins. Then the ones who managed to escape with sheer luck and timing, some to tragic unfulfilled endings in exile and some who defied fate and found some kind of life, although always the shadow of their Romanov family ties hovering over them. I could not put this book down and I learned a lot more about the link between the British Royal Family and the Romanovs, I did not know how closely intertwined they were. I kept thinking of these people and their sad stories long after I had finished reading this book.

milkandcheese Aug 03, 2012

This wonderful book describes the fate of the large Romanov clan. There were a few that actually did something positive with their lives...my favorite being the lady motorcycle daredevil/spy.

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