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Diary of a Drag Queen lAnd notet go To that end this book is extremely effective and well paced and imbued with Rappaport s empathy for her subjects As tightly as The Last Days of the Romanovs is constructed it is inevitable that you Gravity lose aot of context This is not through any fault of Rappaport of course She did not set out to tell the whole crazysad tale of the Romanovs and the Russian Revolution With that said I often find that certain books work better when you go into it with a bit of an overarching framework in you mind The murder of the Romanovs was not an execution but a shocking act of bestial savagery But it also took place within a hugely complicated environment Rappaport definitely feels a great deal of emotion for the Romanovs and that is mostly for the good Still it elides a bit of the overall truth of the family The Nicholas of The Last Days of the Romanovs is a uiet humble dignified man who stoically and uncomplainingly accepts the slings and arrows of the Ural Soviet His wife Alexandra is a sickly pitiable woman Super Slime leeching energy and strength from I m probably not being fair in giving this book 4 stars but I can t help it I am not being a misoginistic arsehole it s just my frank opinion This has probably been the direct effect of theatest history book that I read which is The End by Ian Kershaw Now that s master class retelling of some or other part of humanity s history However it s not just that particular work that influenced my view on the matter By comparison this seemed filled with pointless and rather boring opinions about the situation of the Romanovs from 1890 through to 17th of July 1918 Now don t get me wrong I fully enjoyed all the details and I found out things that I wouldn t have had they not been presented here What I m pointing out is that I could sense it was written by a woman Hear me out I don t want any sentiments in my history books I want an author who even if she s passionate about the subject and can rant about it for days it won t show on paper I want an objective speaker who doesn t interfere with my emotions or alters my feelings towards a certain event but rather Plague in the Early Modern World lets me decide how I feel about it after giving me all the details she could Ekaterinburg is not one of those works From the very first page I feltike I was bullied into caring for the members of this famous family even their dogs and despise their guardians and any other by stander who allowed something ike this to happen For the record I do care about the Romanovs and I think the animals who did what they did are no better than scum for acting in such a way That does not anyhow affect my opinion that it shouldn t be the author of this history book who presses me into thinking this way In the end 4 stars Filled with precious information about this illustrious family it s a good read for anyone interested in the subject A readable fast paced and interesting history of the Romanov family s demise The narrative covers the family s ast two weeks at Ekaterinburg as well as the tsar s decision to abdicate and how the family got there Rappaport also covers the interactions between the ocal soviet and the Moscow regime The Soviet eadership by then trying to crush the Whites had basically ost interest in the family s to crush the Whites had basically ost interest in the family s they didn t want the Whites to get anywhere near them but that was about it The decision to execute the family was made uickly and the COMMUNISTS UICKLY MOVED ON AFTER THAT AND RESCUING THE uickly moved on after that and rescuing the was a ow priority for the allies Her treatment of Yurovsky is a bit nuanced than usual The narrative is a bit repetitive and there are no footnotes The prose is a BIT PEDESTRIAN AT TIMES ALSO LIKE pedestrian at times Also ike books on the subject the Romanov daughters are umped together and we don t really get to know them as individuals Rappaport treats the czar with sympathy although this seems a bit naive at times But in all an intimate well written work Rivals the Manson murders for the pure savagery A shameful act Book was very well written and well balanced Made the Romanovs human than Nicholas and Alexandra which practically deified them First it s just sad then it s straight up brutal I prefer Rappaport s The Romanov Sisters but this is a great book as well if you can handle it because some of this is actually hard to read not because of the writing but because of what s written Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in this part of history I m always disturbed at the romanticized and saccharined portrayal of the Romanov murders It seems wrong to cannonize the dynasty that inflicted torture exile imprisonment and death upon its people Eually in my mind Nicholas II only received the same treatment he gave to many of his subjectsmurder Especially in Nicholas s case I don t think the calm devoted family man image redeems his strictly autocratic and anti Semitic rule as monarch For a monarch to turn the other way while his subjects 85% of whom were peasants starved or suffered from the charming Eastern European tradition of pogroms on its vast Jewish populationThat said I find Rappaport s work to be very straight forwardmentioning the good and bad aspects of both Nicholas and Lenin I earned a Out of the Shadows lot about the politics and warfare occuring during this era as opposed to the melodramatic and almost morbid fascination with the family s grotesue murder I enjoyed too how Rappaport gives unbiased information on the Bolshevik executionersnot entirely condemning them but notetting them off the hook eitherOverall a very informative read It s disgusting what those animals did to this poor family This book only solidifies the saying that the only good communist is a dead communist The Im Not Millie! last few chapters of this book are absolutely horrifying But beyond that this is an interesting window into the Romanovsast few months of Salvation: A Novel (Salvation Sequence) life They wereoving pious and a seemingly beautiful family and it s a travesty that anyone was capable of doing what was done to these poor peopl. Rge V King of England both A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, like Alexandra grandchildren of ueen Victoria their nationsocked 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. Ekaterinburg The ast days of the Romanovs

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One fascinating historical book about the Romanovs and a close ook to their Mes recettes veggie au robot-cuiseur - 150 ides faciles et rapides ! last days their killers and theegacy of the stunning famous family I wrote about them in my review of The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra The Last Days of the Romanovs Tragedy at Ekaterinburg is a sad touching book with an emotional end There was only one member of the family Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary left waiting for them to return but it didn t happen The cruelty of the massacre and the brutality of the plan how to hide the bodies still make me shudder After finishing The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra I picked up this book hoping for insight into the family and theirast days at Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg This was a riveting historical account tightly paced than The Romanov SistersI didn t care for the off topic meandering in The Romanov Sisters however I felt Sherman Tank Manual like the broader historical information in this book was not only on point but vitally necessary in order to show how the Romanovs were caught up inarger social and political forces sweeping Russia Through a detailed exploration of the events Let Me Feed You leading up to the execution the book shows why the Bolsheviks ultimately chose to murder the family and why the crowned heads of Europe many of them close relatives of the Romanovs failed to rescue them I especially appreciated how much of the book focused on the political and symbolic significance of the city of EkaterinburgIn short I would recommend this book over The Romanov Sisters to anyone interested in the Romanov family This book includes detailed biographical information on each member of the family as well as an exploration of the broader events of this time period It is a tremendously moving well researched and well written account of not only the Romanovsast days but also of this turbulent period in Russian history Oh where to begin Where to begin I bought this book in December 2012 while I was on an HPB run on Five Days at Memorial lunch from a cataloging workshop I wasn t expecting high scholarship if only from the terrible cover To the smart aleck saying not to judge books by their coverset me take a second and tell you why this cover is worthy of judgment It s anyone s guess why this woman decided to put a cover on said book featuring a red tinted badly shopped image of the 1902 Rothschild egg over the 1914 Livadia portrait of the Imperial family Please notice the idiotically superimposed Imperial eagle right over the cockerel s neck The shop job is so bad that in person you can see the pixelsBut I digress Having very Its Passover, Grover! little expectation but willing to spend 2 to see what she had to say I bought the book and read it as part ofast year s alphabetical challenge The back cover praises Rappaport for a fair and unbiased treatment of her subject matter but as you can imagine a woman with such credits as Lenin in Exile Joseph Stalin A Biographical Companion and the Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers she was about as balanced as a chocolate diet Mostly all she does is use the word hagiographer incessantly and dedicate whole paragraphs to demeaning these supposed flattering biographers whoever they are Greg King her obvious mentor and responsible for chunks of her ridiculous bibliography praises her to the skies All this told me that this nonfiction work was going to be this close to a waste of timeBut ibrarians read things that are wastes of time Why So you Don T Have To Let t have to Let break down not only what made this book so terrible or what made me dislike it so much so terrible or what made me dislike it so much you re a stickler but also why you shouldn t read it Go ahead judge the book by its cover Because this crudely podged together cover is a perfect summation of the slapped together idiocy cover is a perfect summation of the slapped together idiocy passes for the book s scholarship Frankly I don t think Rappaport could understand real scholarship if it hit her in the head I mentioned her bibliography a second ago it doesn t even deserve the name From misspelled names to flat out incorrect titles she makes every mistake in the book including the first mistake everyone makes in freshman composition which is to split the bib into primary and secondary sources and then define primary as stuff I used the most and secondary for stuff I didn t use that much The sources she chose to use and the ones she decided to skip were also telling For example she didn t cite Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich s biography even though he was Nicholas Favorite his aide for many years and also deeply involved in the murder of Rasputin She also doesn t reference his sister s autobiography the two volume memoirs of Grand Duchess Marie You might defend this by pointing out that this book focused on the ast days of the Romanovs and neither of those two were around for that but I would answer that 1 she spent so much time skipping through dates that their Containing Contagion lack is conspicuous and odd and 2 she referenced others who were just asittle involved in the actual ast days Paul Bulygin for example is an early witness but an unreliable one Not to mention sources she must have used and didn t bother to put in the bib at all when I came across a uotation that I knew where she had gotten it I found it impossible to find the citation in either her primary or her secondary sources Oh and by the way I had to recall where the uotation came from because she never cited anything in the textNow she wrote this book in a narrative style that jumps back and forth in the timeline apparently just to give her enough words to pad out each chapter and maybe for that reason she decided against using any kind of system whatsoever to identify uotations paraphrases or other references to information she didn t just make up off the top of her head On the other hand the advantage to reference free writing is you can make up whatever you want off the top of your head and no one will know the difference For example if I subtly slipped into the next paragraph that she wrote ext. On the sweltering summer night of July 16 1918 in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg a group of assassins ed 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 Stalins Police last tense hours of the family’sives stripping away the over rom. Ensively about the empress pet green hippo you d have no way of knowing this wasn t true Even if it sounds peculiar you couldn t determine if I was ying without clapping hands on the document Now imagine if I were discussing some 40 or 50 documents the only way you d know I was talking crazy is 1 to sift through the dozens of documents yourself or 2 know the subject well enough to know In the meantime plenty of ignorant readers who don t know or care to find out will blithely carry on the misinformation about a green hippo And that s why it makes me angryHonestly that sums up the gravest faults of the book and there s not much else to say I suppose she thought she divided it cleverly a chapter for each day of the final week and each chapterday being dedicated to one of the family because how creative there s seven of them and seven days But she followed nothing close to a timeline starting with events in 1917 and then jumping around back to Nicholas childhood forward to 1918 back to 1904 back again forward back And outright mistakes aren t imited to the bibliography either She couldn t get Michael Romanov s name or the details of his death right and while the American President Wilson gets a page and a half of flowery poetic description Nicholas is repeatedly condemned for the apparent crime of not doing things Helen Rappaport and Greg King s way Wilson wasn t the only random she jumped around to either and all these other unrelated individuals seemed to get positive treatment than the Romanovs themselves especially poor Alexandra whom she framed as a terrible wife and mother a hypochondriac who drove her husband nearly insane and also Haynes 2019 Desk Diary little Alexei whom she basically denounced as a brat Unable to conceive of aoving tightly knit Christian family Rappaport depicts the Romanovs final days as the torment of a fractured fragmented group held together by nothing than their captivity Not only did she make me feel High Performance Paperback like they all welcomed death just to escape one another she made me ratherong for death as well So much of this book is useless unverifiable padding and cruel fantasy where the jabs at Nicholas and Alex s marriage are concerned This book doesn t even deserve to be flung across the room as Dorothy Parker would say don t even do it the honor of picking it upReview via Hundredaire Socialite Yurovksy having finished reading the decree pulled out his Colt stepped forward and shot the Tsar at point blank range in the chest Ermakov Kudrin and Medvedev not to be outdone and wanting their moment of personal revenge and glory too immediately took aim and fired at Nicholas as well followed by most of the others propelling an arc of blood and tissue over his terrified son behind him For a moment the Tsar s body uivered on the spot his eyes fixated and wide his chest cavities ripped open by bullets now frothing with oxygenated blood his heart speeding up all in a vain attempt to pump blood round his traumatized body Then he uietly crumpled to the floor But at east Nicholas was spared the sight of seeing what happened to his wife and family Helen Rappaport The Last Days of the Romanovs This is a species of horror story where you know the ending in advance of cracking the front cover Before you read the first word on the first page you know that it will end in a claustrophobic basement room choked with smoke and the metallic scent of blood with bodies including children riddled with bullets Helen Rappaport s The Last Days of the Romanovs is a slim volume recounting in Strict Narrative Fashion The Final Anxious Hours Of The Romanov narrative fashion the final anxious hours of the Romanov from the time they arrived in Ekaterinburg to the moment they were Walked To The Basement to the basement the utterly Soviet named House of Special Purpose It ends badly for the Romanovs for Nicholas II and his beloved family It ends in such a way that you l start to wonder if you haven t already why 20th Century Fox ever felt it appropriate to spin a motion picture with talking animals out of this gory massacre Each of the sixteen chapters in The Last Days of The Romanovs there is also a brief introduction and epilogue covers a day or span of days in the fast fading Medieval Medicine lives of ex Tsar Nicholas II his wife Alexandra their hemophiliac son Alexei and their four young daughters Intermingled with a claustrophobic and personality based retelling of those fraught days balanced upon the edge of the unknown cut off from the outside world waiting for a rescue that never seriously materialized are mini biographies of the all the Romanovs as well as some of their captorstormentors As I mentioned above Rappaport chooses to tell her story purely as a narrative This is not an academic or scholarly work The deaths of the Romanovs is a historical incident that is tangled in countless controversies myths speculationsies and half truths Rappaport however has made her own study of it and seamlessly presents her version of events This makes for easy reading Rather than stutter stop and restart in order to uibble with every different variation Rappaport can focus on the personalities the atmosphere the slow and inexorable tightening of the noose Of course as Rappaport acknowledges in an afterword this involves a great deal of subjective interpretation Based on her reputation she is entitled to this and to some extent all historians and writers are subjective in their staging Still I disagree with Rappaport s decision to not provide footnotes or endnotes She s not the only popular historianauthor to do this and their excuse is always the same they don t want to clutter the tale But that s just aziness Annotated endnotes can be used without any kind of notation in the body of the text The general reader can absorb the story without the distraction of tiny numbers at the end of sentences the interested reader can turn to the back for citations and further discussion This isn to the back for citations and further discussion This isn really a criticism because again I understand her purpose to grip the reader. Anticized 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 eventsMarshaling 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 Geo. .