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- Publisher: Random House (1995)
- ASIN: B000H226SK
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,810,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Romanovs: The Final Chapter Unknown Binding – 1995
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This book is far different than Massie's other historical epics as he takes on the role of an investigative journalist rather than a historian. Massie is on the front-lines, from DNA labs to court rooms, searching for a final answer as to whose skeletons were unearthed by an Ekaterinburg resident in the late 70's.
Massie leaves the reader with a plethora of factual information that all but ends one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. Using DNA tests, Massie proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Russia's royal family and servants are the ones that were buried beneath the road outside Ekaterinburg. He also proves beyond a reasonable doubt, that Anna Anderson, who was the 20th century's greatest con artist, was not Anastasia, Tsarevna of Russia, but a mere Polish peasant.
With all the crime solving, the book at times gets bogged down into quotes, lengthy (but pertinent) explanations of scientific facts and petty arguments between scientists and lawyers, which limits Massie's masterful writing-style to a minimum. After reading all his books, the only sections that come close to capturing his colorful and accomplished style of prose are the first and last chapters.Read more ›
We read about the discovery of the Romanov remains and how and why this was kept secret for so long. We learn about the DNA testing to determine the authenticity of the remains and the subsequent fighting over that. Of course, there is the problem of the two missing skeletons and the controversy this causes. We are introduced to a number of Romanov imposters including Anna Anderson. We learn about the fates of the true surviving Romanov's and their battle over who should be claimant to the throne. We also are informed of the destruction of the Ipatiev House by Brezhnev so that it wouldn't become a monarchist shrine. And finally, we hear about the rumors of a vast Romanov fortune that is supposed to be in foreign banks and has never been found.
Since this book has been published, the Romanov remains have finally been reburied in St. Petersburg. But even this could not be accomplished without the bickering of the surviving Romanov's (as characterized in The Final Chapter). Some of them even boycotted the event. It is not always a pretty story.Read more ›
In order to find the remains, layers of lies and bureaucracy must be untangled. Once unearthed, the task of identifying the bodies becomes a test of both science and diplomacy.
The question of whether Anastasia survived the Russian Revolution proves to be fiercely debated. Personalities from all over the globe are involved in the discussion. Massie relates the various positions in an even-handed fashion and brings compelling scientific evidence to bear.
The final chapter of the Romanovs proves that non-fiction can be more spellbinding than fiction. A must-read for anyone interested in Russia, forensic science, or well-crafted non-fiction. I liked Massie's _Nicholas and Alexandra_, but I LOVED this book.
The second half of the book mainly addresses the claims of Anna Anderson, the alleged surviving Grand Duchess who was better known as Anastasia. R.K. Massie goes through the pains of briefly recounting the life of Anna Anderson from her attempted suicide to the time of her death over fifty years later.Read more ›
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The book ends the story in the 1990's so it doesn't tell you the rest of the history of where and when they were buried, how and when Alexis remains were discovered etc. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ariela
I was pleasantly surprised at how well this story was told. I learned a few things and found a lot of sadness as well. Great book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pam
The book does little to shed light on the Romanovs but wastes it's time to go into the nitty gritty details of bearaucracy which inevitably make you wonder why the book is titled... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some really interesting bits interspersed between long boring bits.Published 2 months ago by Suzanne LaVenture
This book gave thorough details about the Romanovs final days, murder, body disposal, discovery, testing, claims, all the drama and politics that went with it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was very excellent book except for the lists and lists of other Romanov family trees explained in the book. I like the writing style of the author.Published 4 months ago by Nan Hee Kim
Fascinating and factual book, well written but written before the finding of the last two bodies. Certainly a happy to add this book to my Romanov collection.Published 5 months ago by Lady McLean-Smith