Top critical review
Very interesting read. Incredibly terribly edited
on July 22, 2013
Just finished reading this book. Being somewhat of a Romanov junkie, I wasn't expecting much new, but I found the book very interesting and picked up a lot of facts I didn't know, especially about the events during the Kerensky government. It is also always interesting to not get the usual hagiography of the imperial family. All in all, I would recommend this book even to knowledgeable Russian revolutionists. But....
Good Lord, who edited this thing?! Normally, a few mistakes here and there don't bother me, but after a steady diet of misspellings, incorrect punctuation, blatantly wrong facts (the first mention of Gatchina says it's northwest of St. Petersburg when it's south instead), I noticed that a part of my focus while reading was on looking for the next error. And the errors in the last few chapters were just sloppy manuscript/publishing issues (document file numbers showing up in the published text?! Seriously?). I can only assume the book was rushed into print since the last few chapters were obviously still draft.
However, don't let these keep you from this book. It's a great read.