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Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra Paperback – November 1, 1998
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Unlike many coffee-table books, Tsar gives a comprehensive history of the story of Nicholas and Alexandra from their childhoods to their captivity and death. It also details the discovery of their remains, although it was published just prior to their state burial in 1998. The one negative about the text is that Kurth displays a thinly veiled endorsement of Anna Anderson actually being Anastasia. I don't care how similar they may have looked-show me the DNA.
But the true story is told through the unbelievable pictures and paintings of both the past and present. It is in these that Tsar: The Lost World truly excels. These photographs not only show the beauty of their lives, but also are haunting in that they reveal the true tragedy of the last tsar and his family. Many before and after pictures are used to show the amazing contrast. They include The Winter Palace today, and when it was used as a World War I hospital. Or the tranquil photo of the Palace Square during a snowfall today vs. the Bloody Sunday Massacre scene. Especially tragic are the pictures of the imperial children along with modern day photos of their toys and playthings. They truly were innocent victims in this saga. The pictures of the royal residences are larger than life (many in color) and are alone worth the price of this book. They include The Alexander Palace, The Catherine Palace, The Winter Palace, Peterhof, Livadia and Gatchina.Read more ›
Along with the photos, there is an accompanying text that tells the basic story. It covers the Romanov saga right from Nicholas and Alexandra's childhoods, to their marriage, children, Rasputin, the revolution and the modern day sequel to their story. It is not an academic work, and the information is broad and somewhat lacking in detail. For information on the last Tsar, there are numerous biographies which would serve the inquiring reader better.
But as I said, this is a coffee table book for the lay person.
It is like the "creme caramel" of the Romanov library. Rich, indulgent, a must have, but definately not the main course.
There are photographs on every page, but don't expect to see a lot of rare ones. One delight was seeing the photographs of the palaces in the day of the Romanovs, compared to photographs of the palaces today. The book is presented nicely, is big and thick, there is a lot of text, but there was truly something missing from this book. It was also even more disappointing to see how much Peter Kurth included on Anna Anderson. Even though DNA tests have proved her to be a fraud, it seems that Peter Kurth points out every little thing which would try to make the reader believe that Anna Anderson was indeed Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicolaevna.
It is perhaps a nice book, but I say that there are definitely better books on the Imperial Family out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book with pics very seldom seen. The family, especially Anastasia, loved picture taking. We all know story but this is one of the best. It includes both info AND pictures. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Geoffery L. Williams
This is a huge heavy book. I bought it to read the story but actually it is a coffee table book. The pictures are beautiful and interesting and so is the story , but the book is so... Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. K. Whitley
Great explanation of a history that was hard to define. Kurth did it with insider information that illuminated much of the mystery. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert Banner