This is one of my favorite historical topics so I was happy to see this book. The writing is crisp and clean as always and this book I felt was well targeted to only explaining things immediately relevant to Nicholas himself rather than starting way back in the beginnings of the Romanov Dynasty. It also had a balanced feel for a complicated man. Russia has had plenty of czars who were bad men but were "good" at ruling. Nicholas is one of the few we might call a good man who was bad at ruling. But the explanations and criticisms were fair. I think it serves as a good introduction to an important event in world history.