The Family Romanov

The Family Romanov

Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia

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From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375867828
Characteristics: 292 p.., [32]p. of plates, maps, genealogical table : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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AL_JENNY May 22, 2017

This book is a good overview of the fall of Imperial Russia. It is a quick read and a great jumping off point for anyone interested in the Romanovs.

Jul 16, 2016

This is a very good book.

Jun 27, 2016

This book got me obsessed with the imperial family. I got so obsessed I used Tsar for many of my usernames.(Like this account)

natalie_g Apr 03, 2016

Maybe I'm a sucker for history-not maybe, I totally am-even so, this book was top notch. Fleming perfectly captured the imperial family in their truest forms. It wasn't overwhelmed with blood and gore, although there is some of that. She wanted to paint them with a more normal brush. Not just royals but a family. She did not forget the people! She gives a great account of Russian history. Just enough to hook you and encourage you to learn more. You can't beat that.

An amazing and well written book, very similar to Steve Sheinkin's writings, and extremely informative. would recommend to anyone who love history. Kept me reading to the last page.

Dec 15, 2015

A great book! I couldn't stop reading it!

Much like Steve Sheinkin (author of "Bomb" and "Lincoln's Grave Robbers"), Candace Fleming does a fabulous job of portraying this portion of history as the gripping story that it is! I couldn't put the book down as I learned about the tragic, downward spiral for both the Russian people and the Romanov family.

JCLChrisK Nov 14, 2014

A fascinating, captivating account of the life--and death--of Russia's final Tsar and his family, the story of how the richest people on the planet went from absolute power over a massive empire to revolution and quiet murder in a cellar. Enough information is shared about the politics and life in Russia during the time to provide context, but the focus is definitely on the personalities and experiences of the Romanovs, who above all seemed to want a quiet (though privileged) family life removed from public life and power, and who responded when forced to rule as cluelessly sheltered, absent tyrants who should not be questioned or challenged. Accessible, informative, and entertaining.

LibraryK8 Sep 23, 2014

The downfall of one of the richest families in the world makes for interesting reading. Add to that the mystique surrounding the reign and death of Nicholas II and you have a captivating story told by one of my favorite non-fiction writers, Candace Flemming. Don’t miss this fascinating story about the last Tsar and his family.


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LibraryK8 Sep 23, 2014

The beginning of the end of Romanov rule of Russia began with the ascension of Nicholas II. Ill prepared for the crown by his father, Nicholas depended heavily on his new wife Alexandra (married under the shadow of the death of Nicholas’ father their marriage was seen as a curse by the Russian people). Problems for the Romanovs multiplied when Alexandra, after several difficult pregnancies, produced only female heirs leaving the line of succession unsure. A disconnect from the government and the people, and an overdependence on Alexandra and her religious advisors, made Nicholas appear weak and indecisive. When their son Alexi was born, the couple thought all their trails were over…unwilling to acknowledge the revolution brewing in their country.
Living an idyllic, close-knit family life, the Romanov children were unaware of the turbulence outside their palace. As Russia entered World War II the patience of the people frayed. They formed their own representative government, a rebellion that Nicholas did not handle well taking all power away from the Duma before their first meeting. The people, incensed at the Tsar’s disregard for their rights to be heard rebelled again and were only sated when Nicholas abdicated the throne. Living in exile and house arrest, the Romanovs thought they would be able to live the quiet life they had always wanted. But as the White Army marched to Siberia to free the family, their Bolshevik guards rounded the family up in the basement and murdered them, disposing of the bodies in a marsh. The legend of the Romanovs would live on after their 300 year reign.


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JCLChrisK Nov 14, 2014

"The tsar offends the nation by what he allows to go on in the palace . . . while the country offends the tsar by its terrible suspicions. The result is the destruction of those centuries-old ties which have sustained Russia. And the cause of all this? The weakness of one man and one woman. . . . Oh, how terrible an autocracy without an autocrat!"


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