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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312111339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312111335
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Was Anna Anderson of Charlottesville, Va., who died in 1984, the princess Anastasia, survivor of the Bolshevik massacre of the Russian imperial family, as she claimed to be? In the fullest account of the Anastasia mystery to date, freelance writer Lovell unconvincingly argues that she was indeed the daughter of Nicholas II and Alexandra. In 1976 the author met Anastasia and her husband, John Manahan, eccentric scion of a wealthy Virginia family. Drawing on interviews and on unpublished materials, including some 100 hours of taped dialogue with Anastasia recorded in the 1960s by a Russian investigator, Lovell pieces together this temperamental, reclusive woman's sad, bizarre life, which encompassed stays in German asylums, several breakdowns, depression, paranoia, poverty and endless court cases against her detractors. This chronicle, which reads like a detective novel, presents an often shocking portrait totally at odds with the sugar-coated Anastasia legend of stage and screen. Photos. Author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Readers will encounter a truly bizarre cast of characters here. First there is the "heroine," Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia, the fourth daughter of Nicholas II, miraculous only survivor of her family's murder. Around her swarm minor European royalty, shady fortune hunters, credulous Americans, and assorted crackpots. The author, who must rank as the most assiduous of the "Anastasia scholars" he frequently invokes, is a complete believer in her story. He pursues every rumor, denounces every doubter, and seems to accept every story his heroine told, including one of a meeting with Hitler, who promised he would restore the Romanovs. Lovell concludes his saga with details of his hunt for a fifth imperial daughter, unknown to history. Those who want to believe his absurd tale will find much here to reinforce their illusions. Most libraries can skip this.
-R.H. Johnston, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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You don't get rubbish like this in Peter Kurth's book.
There needs to be a better memoriam to the girl, not the crazy woman who said she was she.
E. Duncan
Although I believe Anna Anderson was the Grand Duchess Anastasia, I don't like this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Lovell's work is clearly inferior to Peter Kurth's on the same subject. While Kurth relied on archival material, Lovell apparently preferred to focus on more bizarre aspects of the Anastasia claimant's story - in this case, the possibility that Nicholas and Alexandra had a 5th daughter. The fact that there is no evidence of this does not stop the late Mr. Lovell.
This book is bound to disappoint both the supporters of Mrs. Manahan and those who accept the DNA evidence that she was not Anastasia. For the former, Lovell brings up matters and associations her supporters would have rather not seen published. For those who do accept the scientific evidence, this is a rather sad tale of a woman who wanted to be someone else.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "littlenell8" on December 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time, circa 1982, DNA was not known of, and Mrs John Manahan, the former Anna Anderson, lived in Charlottesville, Virginia and claimed to be [and probably was] Her Imperial Highness, Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. She had had her claim re-inforced first by the Mangold and Summers book, "File on the Tsar", and then by Peter Kurth's beautifully written, carefully researched, definitive, if you like, study of her life. Then it rained on Mrs Manahan's parade and it rained really hard and the very worst of the rain makers was a man called James Blair Lovell. Read on!
It's hard to know where to begin on this tome! There appears not to have been an editor in sight either. It's a shameful attempt to cash in on Mrs Manahan's tragedy [and tragedy is not too strong a word] as well as attempting to drive a wedge into the group of kind folk who had helped Mrs Manahan in Europe in her attempts [almost successful - too] to gain recognition as Grand Duchess Anastasia.
This book, [as so typical with amateur writers], is so over written that it becomes very tiresome very quickly.
Would it be too disgustingly awful of me to say that the late Mr Lovell appears to have been jealous of Peter Kurth's fine work and definitive study of Mrs Manahan? Anyone whom Peter Kurth has good to say about, i.e., Prince Frederick of Saxe-Altenberg, Ian Lilburn and the good and kind ladies in Unterlengenhardt, have their reputations flayed from them by Lovell. It doesn't make pleasant reading.
Lovell has no ability to relate historic facts to his own day-to-day conception of Mrs Manahan's life. I'm not talking [not yet, anyway] about historic intrigues in Imperial Russia, just facts like mentioning 'airport security' at Frankfurt in July 1968!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Royalty Buff on August 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be totally biased. Even before DNA the case that Anna Anderson was Anastasia was extremely weak. In the Dalldorf Asylum Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden said that she was neither Tatiana nor Anastasia. This is a big clue. She never said she was Anastasia. The idea that she was a member of the Imperial Family was placed in her head by a fellow patient at Dalldorf, Clara Peuthert.

Anderson met her Aunt Princess Irene of Prussia under an assumed name. Neither recognized the other. Also Grand Duchess Olga did not recognize Anderson. Olga Alexandrovna would never be so callous as to reject her niece. Pierre Gilliard also said that she could not be Anastasia. Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone once shared a bath with Anastasia and said that the claimant wasn't Anastasia.

Anderson disappeared on 12 August 1922 and reappeared on 15 August 1922. These were the same days on which Franziska Schanzkowska reappeared.

Anastasia knew four languages: Russian, English, French and German. Anna Anderson only knew one: German. She never could speak Russian.

The Author resorts to slander to criticize the claimant's opponents. Lovell claims that a prostitute identified Anna Anderson as Schanzkowska. Where is the proof? Who was the prostitute? No other books refer to a prostitute. Slanderous statements such as this do not belong in print.

The suggestion that Nicholas and Alexandra had a fifth daughter is beneath contempt. This claim destroys Lowell's credibility for good. This claim is an affront to the memory of the Russian Royal family. Not even the most naïve, desperate or gullible conspiracy theorist could fall for this.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Schmerguls VINE VOICE on July 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
I finished this book on 19 Nov 1996. I finished Peter Kurth's book on 24 Oct 1983 and said to myself that I knew as much about Anastasia as it is reasonably possible to know. Well, this book is very poor on the years covered by Kurth's book, but very good on the period after Anna Anderson married Jack Manahan on Dec 23, 1968. They led an eccentric life--their home in Charlottesville, Va., was a total mess. She died Feb 12, 1984 and Jack died Mar 22, 1990. He was always odd, and did crazy thing. A large section of the book tells of the author's effort to determine if there was a fifth daughter, born in 1903, which was gotten away from the Czar and Czarina and raised by a Dutch couple. The author of the book is very much convinced Anastasia was Anna Anderson--and in fact this makes the book less convincing. The book does not cover anything that has been learned since the caollapse of the Soviet Union and the DNA tests indicating all the family died at Ekaterinber! g. This was not a good book but it was interesting reading, and told some new things.
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