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Rasputin: The Last Word Paperback – December 31, 2000


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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (December 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753810808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753810804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edvard Radzinsky, is after Chekhov, Russia's most frequently staged playwright, and his plays have won him international acclaim. A trained historian, Radzinsky spent twenty-five years on research and writing his life of Nicholas II, THE LAST TSAR, which was an international bestseller. His most recent book is a life of Stalin. He is also known in Russia for his work in television, having twice won the TEFI award, most recently for his series on Napoleon.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sasha VINE VOICE on March 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
My interest in anything Romanov occasionally borders with obsession so if there is a book about this subject,you can bet I will read it.
Found this one in local bookshop and of course had to buy it although at this point I am very familiar with the story,but here we have fresh files (unearthed from somewhere and sold on Sotheby's auction,presented as a gift to author),photos and less known characters.

It is a huge,occasionally very exhausting story that covers not only royal family and their inner circle but literally cast of thousands who one way or the other influenced the story,for example we have police file on everybody who has ever visited Rasputin's house,his visits to prostitutes,names of priests he clashed with,politicians who used him (and were used) and so on. Towards the end I must admit I started losing the count who is who and perhaps the book would have benefited from some serious editing but never mind,obviously the author was delighted with access to newly discovered files and I understand the pleasure of dealing with facts instead of second-guessing what actually happened. Hm,we are still talking about the "facts" but must admit these are documents that survived communism so who knows how distilled these "facts" actually are.

At the very first,I thought this might be (finally) a fresh look at character with incredibly bad reputation and something inside still tells me there is a possibility Rasputin's reputation was destroyed by his enemies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ephemeral on May 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This was a thoroughly enjoyable biography. Radzinsky does an excellent job of decribing Rasputin's life, as well as the culture and atmosphere of Russia during that time period. The book is overflowing with details and facts, but the author does a good job of weaving the threads of the story together and making it clear why some of the asides are important to Rasputin's life and death. Sometimes it's easy to get lost in a large, complete biography like this one, but Radzinksy doesn't let that happen to the reader. I'd definitely suggest this to anyone interested in Rasputin or anyone looking for a well-written biography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Lowe on September 3, 2011
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I have several of Edvard Radzinsky's books and have enjoyed them immensely. I find it interesting to read a Russian's take on that period of history. Radzinsky is thorough in his research and also has a bit of a sense of humour and adds to the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2011
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This is a fun book to read and it may be the best book about Rasputin. There are some parts in this book that are boring, but most of it is gripping. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about Rasputin. Even those who study Rasputin will learn new things.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Kirk on March 17, 2007
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The story is terrific, but the book just went on and on. There was a lot of political history that does go into depth and get wearing, but it all adds to setting the atmosphere.

There are lots of pictures of the people involved and two of Rasputin's corpse just after it was pulled from the freezing river. A very in depth essay on this mysterious man.

A book to have by the bed to read bit by bit and well worth the read. In depth description of the murder and some explainations of who do what and then what happened to them
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