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Nicholas and Alexandra Paperback – February 1, 2000
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“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
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This book was researched and written before the fall of the Soviet empire when the state archives were opened and new information about the Romanovs was revealed. Consequently, this book is necessarily incomplete, especially as concerns the execution of the royal family. Massie has since written another text called "The Romanovs: The Last Chapter" which devels deeply into the newly available data and the forensic studies that followed. Consider it an essential volume II to "Nicholas and Alexandra".
Nicholas and Alexandra, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Imperial Russia, came from a distinguished royal pedigree. Nicholas was the son of Tsar Alexander III, and his aunt was Princess Alexandra of Wales. Alexandra was a Hessian princess and granddaughter of Queen Victoria. As youngsters, they fell in love and "Nicky" knew that "Alix" was fated to be his bride. Theirs was a true love match at a time when royal marriages were arranged for any reason but love.
Two events conspired to cause the Romanov tragedy. First, Nicholas was not a very strong-willed man. He let others dominate him (including his wife). When his father died suddenly at the age of 49, the young Nicholas was totally unprepared and untrained to be Ruler of all the Russia's. Second, Nicholas and Alexandra were very family oriented, and it was a crushing blow when their 5th child and only son was born with hemophilia. In desperation, they alienated much of Russia (to protect this secret) and fell under the harmful influence of Rasputin. Russia was ripe for revolution, and Nicholas and Alexandra were too blind to see what was happening in their own country until it was too late.
Massie does a stellar job of bringing Russian history to life in a way that reads like a novel. He also writes with a passion born of experience. When his son was born with hemophilia, Massie started researching how hemophilia affected the royal houses of Europe-especially the Romanov's.Read more ›
Author Arthur Hailey (1920-2004), wrote gripping prose and provided behind-the-scenes looks at the industries he descrbed in his best-selling novels like HOTEL, WHEELS (car making), THE MONEYCHANGERS (banking), etc. This may be the best of his many excellent novels (he'd served in the Royal Air Force), and you might wonder if they dared sell this book at airports to nervous fliers. AIRPORT was also made into a popular movie starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin.
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I found it very suspenseful. There are quite a few characters, but it was pretty easy to keep them straight. There were several sub plots with chapters dedicated to each. Read morePublished 5 days ago by RCP
Massie has outdone himself with his writings on Russian history again. He writes as if he was there.Published 6 days ago by Thomas Mathis
This is really a long book with many interesting pats about how the airport officials clear the snow hit airport.A must read book for aduts and the teenagers. :-)Published 16 days ago by Shirish
I think this is probably my favorite book ever. It reads like a novel but teaches and let's you get to know how things can go straight to a horrible mess with out the king and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by J9
Read it from cover to cover in my record time. Gripping! Makes my forthcoming Russia trip much more interesting!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this many years ago and bought it to get it on KIndle. I was a very good book and the movie was too bad either.Published 20 days ago by Steve
Sometimes a book comes at a time when you need a little nudge. This book has a good story and made me stop and think about myself.Published 23 days ago by omnivorous Reader 42
Best airplane book ever!
All Arthur Hailey's books are thrilling!