The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
About: Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. 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.
Ofilia’s Thoughts: I thought I knew the story of Russia before the Revolution and I was greatly mistaken. This book brings this time period to life so vividly that you can imagine every detail. It truly is a tragedy with rulers that feel that they have been chosen by God, but have absolutely no compassion for the people they rule. It is a perfect fascinating storm of excess, entitlement and rebellion. Fleming includes personal excerpts from other sources throughout the narrative demonstrating the frustration and misery most Russians lived in. The tension builds until the final atrocious conclusion.
Reviewed by Ofilia