By: RAPPAPORT, Helen
"On the sweltering summer night of July 16, 1918, in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg, a group of assassins led an unsuspecting Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra, the desperately ill Tsarevich, and their four beautiful daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, into a basement room where they were shot and then bayoneted to death."
This is the story of those murders, which ended three hundred years of Romanov rule and set their stamp on an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.
"The Last Days of the Romanovs" counts down to the last, tense hours of the family's lives, stripping away the over-romanticized versions of previous accounts. The story focuses on the family inside the Ipatiev House, capturing the oppressive atmosphere and the dynamics of a group--the Romanovs, their servants, and guards--thrown together by extraordinary events.
Marshaling overlooked evidence from key witnesses such as the British consul to Ekaterinburg, Sir Thomas Preston, American and British travelers in Siberia, and the now-forgotten American journalist Herman Bernstein, Helen Rappaport gives a brilliant account of the political forces swirling through the remote Urals town. She conveys the tension of the watching world: the Kaiser of Germany and George V, King of England--both, like Alexandra, grandchildren of Queen Victoria--their nations locked in combat as the First World War drew to its bitter end. And she draws on recent releases from the Russian archives to challenge the view that the deaths were a unilateral act by a maverick group of the Ekaterinburg Bolsheviks, identifying a chain of command that stretches directly, she believes, to Moscow--and to Lenin himself.
Telling the story in a compellingly new and dramatic way, "The Last Days of the Romanovs" brings those final tragic days vividly alive against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil, on the brink of a devastating civil war.
Title: The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
Edition: First Edition, Fourth Printing
Publisher: New York, St. Martin's Press: 2009
ISBN Number: 0312379765
ISBN Number 13: 9780312379766
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Seller ID: 2161
Description: 'One more fascinating historical book about the Romanovs and a close look to their last days, their killers and the legacy of the stunning famous family'. xii, , 254pp, photo illustrated. An 'as new' copy - bright, fresh and unmarked in any way. Similar. unclipped dustjacket. Unpacked weight, 529g. We ship Worldwide, at cost, using both Canada Post and the United States Postal Service, and offer postal charges, at cost, without overcharging. Canadian domestic postal rates rise with weight, size and distance; Rates to the USA calculated by weight alone as per the USPS. World rates based on specific destination and weight. Online estimates by the Listing Site may not be correct and either additional, or reduced postage may be required, particularly for Canadian and Overseas shipments, but not usually to the USA. In case of doubt please email.
Keywords: RUSSIA ROMANOVS EKATERINBURG ASSASSINATION MURDER