Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra The story of the love that ended an empire In this commanding book Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert K Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of

The story of the love that ended an empire.In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert K Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs lives Nicholas s political na vet , Alexandra s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis s brave struggle with hemophilia Against a laviThe story of the love that ended an empire.In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert K Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs lives Nicholas s political na vet , Alexandra s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis s brave struggle with hemophilia Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history the story of a doomed empire and the death marked royals who watched it crumble.

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  1. Robert Kinloch Massie born 1929 is an American historian, writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and a Rhodes Scholar.Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929, Massie spent much of his youth in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in Westchester County, New York in the village of Irvington He studied American history at Yale University and modern European history at Oxford University on his Rhodes Scholarship Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from 1959 to 1964 and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post.After he and his family left America for France, Massie wrote and published his breakthrough book, Nicholas and Alexandra, a biography of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra of Hesse, and their family and cultural political milieu Massie s interest in the Tsar s family was triggered by the birth of his son, the Rev Robert Kinloch Massie, who suffers from hemophilia, a hereditary disease that also afflicted the last Tsar s son, Alexei In 1971, the book was the basis of an Academy Award winning film of the same title In 1995, in his book The Romanovs The Final Chapter, Massie updated Nicholas and Alexandra with much newly discovered information.In 1975, Robert Massie and his then wife Suzanne chronicled their experiences as the parents of a hemophiliac child and the significant differences between the American and French health care systems in their jointly written book, Journey.Massie won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Peter the Great His Life and World This book inspired a 1986 NBC mini series that won three Emmy Awards, Peter the Great TV Series and starred Maximilian Schell, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave.

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  1. NO SPOILERS On completion I very highly recommend this book to those interested in Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov, to anyone interested in Russian history, to those interested in the beginning of Bolshevism in Russia and also to those who enjoy historical biographies written by talented authors Massie can write He knows his subject, in and out, backward and forward There are detailed notes to every chapter You never have to doubt the accuracy of that which you are reading He analyzes all the pos [...]

  2. A monarchy falls A revolution begins A civil war is fought A wall is built A couple million die in gulags And all because two people fell in love The couple is, as the title might lead you to speculate, Nicholas and Alexandra The last of the Romanovs Tsar Nicholas II was a resoundingly mediocre man He did not have the capacity for greatness, which he showed time and again He led Russia from a great power into revolution, a long slide that saw the distrous Russo Sino War, anti semitic pogroms, la [...]

  3. Nicholas Alexandra is the tragic and compelling story of the last Tsar and his family by Robert K Massie, this book was first published in 1968 and is an amazing and historically accurate account of the fall of the Romanovs and the collapse of Imperial Russia but is also The story of Nicholas a husband and father and a family who dealt with a child suffering from haemophilia.The focus of this book is on the family but with an engrossing account of one of the century s most dramatic events in the [...]

  4. Is it possible, he asked, that for twenty two years I tried to act for the best and that for twenty two years it was all a mistake The answer to this question is something neither Nicholas nor his beloved and adoring wife, Alix, would ever fully comprehend To the end, they continued to believe every folly that had made them prisoners in the land they once ruled with a single hand.This book is an excellent, easy to consume, history detailing the fall of the Romanov dynasty However, the author doe [...]

  5. A sweeping, tragic, impossibly romantic family saga this is history so compulsively readable that I finished it in a single weekend I knew, of course, how the story ends but I found myself caring so much that I longed to see history re written I found myself wishing, hoping against hope, that it would not end that way.Theirs was a true love match though it seemed an unlikely one to Russian high society which judged the young Princess Alix of Hesse Darmstead as badly dressed, an awkward dancer, a [...]

  6. I was named after Nicholas and Alexandra s daughter Tatiana my mother is kind of romantically inclined like that My name was almost Yolanda or Sabrina, so I guess I should count myself lucky Anyway, this book is one of the things that inspired my mom, and so I really do need to read it sometime But in the meantime, I highly recommend that you read my friend Hana s review She s brilliant and writes great reviews and inspires me to read nonfiction Hana, you re famous

  7. Reading Nicholas and Alexandra was like watching a train wreck in progress you knew where it was going, you knew how it had to end, yet you continued to stare, fascinated and horrified, hoping against hope that things might turn out differently, but of course they didn t Massie s account is decidedly sympathetic to the Tsar and Tsaritsa, but their memories have been so dragged through the mud of history that I think it s only fair that they should have someone come down so emphatically on their [...]

  8. Fascinante libro biogr fico sobre la vida, el entorno pol tico, social y emotivo del ltimo Zar de Rusia, Nicol s II y de su familia La pluma del autor Robert K Massie, historiador norteamericano, se muestra sumamente fina, amena e ilustrativa en esta por dem s pica y a la vez terrible historia, en donde el destino dej caer toda su fuerza tanto sobre Rusia como sobre la familia imperial El libro resulta adem s de placentero e interesante, bastante conmovedor, debido a las tragedias que aqu se nos [...]

  9. Here are some things I knew about the Romanovs before reading Nicholas and Alexandra Their rule ended because of the Russian Revolution, which did not go particularly well for them or for anyone, really Alexis was a hemophiliac Rasputin was somehow involved, and he was also a bearded super creeper The 1997 animated film is, sadly, not an accurate portrayal of the fate of Anastasia Romanova.Which is to say that I learned quite a lot from this book.My history classes had an overly simplistic narra [...]

  10. After all, the nursery was the center of all Russia s Trouble this quote by Sir Bernard Pares was the line that caught my attention when I decided to go through this 1967 biography of the last royal family of Russia by historian Robert K Massie Being not much of a fan of non fiction literature I was a little reluctant when my mother recommended this book to me and told me that this book was one of a kind But all my reservations was removed the moment I came across this line What part does a nurs [...]

  11. Masterful in explaining the death of Rasputin, the rise of Lenin and red v white.4 N A5 Peter the GreatWould have picked up Massey s massive and impressive empress Catherine too, except that I have just recently roundly devoured Catherine the Great Love, Sex and Power

  12. This was a really fascinating portrait of the last Romanov couple Nicholas and Alexandra s lives are presented in exhaustive detail from their first meeting to the months before their execution and Massie succeeds in both humanizing them and absolving them of some of the blame for the collapse of the autocracy Nicholas, Alexandra, and their son Alexis get distinct personalities, but the four Romanov daughers tend to blend together It s partially because so much time is devoted to Alexis s hemoph [...]

  13. Massie is a talented writer, and it was easy to be drawn into the world he evokes in this polished dual biography We feel for the peculiar upbringings of children in homes where czars and dukes struggle to raise normal families in the rarified air of late 19th century European aristocracy The complex political and dynastic problems of the era are deftly drawn And we feel close to the doomed and awkward couple at the center of the maelstrom.However, in his efforts to present a corrective to histo [...]

  14. Just starting college and thinking of a history degree with a specialization in Russian history, I picked up Massie s biography of the last of the Romanovs with some interest Except for learning something about hemophilia and some dirt about Rasputin, I was very disappointed The book might be enjoyed by someone entranced with the lives of royals and not concerned about those last aristocrats who actually exercised state power by virtue of birth Knowing much of anything about Russian history on t [...]

  15. An interesting account of the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra a little too sexist at times, it was written in the late 60 s and it seemed a bit too re hashed to me If you know hardly anything about their lives and infamous death, this would be a great choice If, however, you do know the basics, this might be a bit too much drawn out information to keep your attention rapt 3.5 stars

  16. The last years of Tsarism in Russia were tumultuous plagued by the venom of deceit and the stench of malicious intrigue as events surrounding it appeared like a well thought conspiracy between destiny and circumstances, cementing the course of its tragic path towards an impending doomd at the heart of this with the bickering mob it created, was the gentlest figure of Nicholas II.The tame and kind Nicholas II became the tragic figurehead, whose death can be attributed as becoming of a sacrificial [...]

  17. This book blew me away It was the most emotional book for me this year, I was disturbed and shaken for days and weeks after reading it Also, I immersed myself in reading many works about Russian history, such asPeter the Great His Life and World, also byRobert K Massie My mistake of not reading it sooner was based on a notion that this was a love story like many out there, about Cleopatra and Caesar, Elizabeth and Richard I don t really like them, they never feel well researched and they are usu [...]

  18. Massie takes a deep look at the family life of Nicholas II, and the book retains this focus throughout It s not surprising, then, that he finds the causes of the collapse of the Romanovs in that family life He writes well, portrays his characters well, and I almost buy his central idea that the autocracy fell primarily because of Nicholas softness and weakness, combined with the perverse results that came from Alexandra s care for her only son s hemophilia Maybe a bigger bastard as Tsar could ha [...]

  19. A novelistic account of the decline and fall of the last Tzar and his family Symbols of a world gone by A perfect storm of events conspire to bring them down, and you feel quite sympathetic for the Tsar and his family, as they appear to be another set of victims.

  20. Epic story of the last Tsar of RussiaNFICTION, but reads like a novel worth it if you have any interest in Russian history The movie based on the book is quite good too.

  21. I ve been told that I am a tough grader on GoodReads, so it is with great excitement I rate this book a 5 This was a fantastic non fiction that read like a page turning fictional book Russian history is absolutely fascinating and this book has piqued my interest in learning What a fascinating period of history during the fall of many monarchies, WW1, and the communist revolution The characters in the book don t seem real from Tsar Nicholas the tsar who never wanted to be a tsar , the Empress vi [...]

  22. The title signals this is a dual biography Yes, one set against the backdrop of the last decades of Imperial Russia and the Russian Revolution, but intimate portrait of a couple than a book that deals with impersonal historical forces, though I think it gives enough of the context to make the destruction of the dynasty understandable In the introduction Massie quoted Kerensky, the last Russian Prime Minister before the Bolsheviks took over, as saying, Without Rasputin, there could have been no [...]

  23. Decided to give this a read before Catherine the Great to get a feel of Massie s style OMG, you guys, I love Robert K Massie He s my new favorite author You all know I love a good non fiction, and that s what this is Packed full of details, well thought out, paced well, revealing to me never thought of consequences of political moves that changed the world For example, I finally get World War I now Do you know how many history classes I ve taken where the teacher just says, So Archduke Franz Fer [...]

  24. This is one of those books that I have been meaning to read for what feels like forever, and now I finally have I wish I d read it earlier Massie is one of those authors who makes history not feel like history he really brings it to life and makes it feel real and immediate Reading this book, I really felt like I was reading about people, real flesh and blood people with thoughts and feelings and dreams Too often history reduces people to historical figures , cyphers for the great events surroun [...]

  25. I read many books regarding Russia I m fascinated by this incredible country Published in 1967, Nicolas and Alexandra by Robert Massie seems to be the definitive book by which others are measured regarding this subject.Massie is an incredible writer His images are crisp and clear The reader can feel the icy cold winds of Siberia, can almost taste the delicacies served at the grand balls held in the Winter Palace and can also have a sense of silently watching the Royal family in their daily lives [...]

  26. A compelling and broad education, this book does for its title characters what Wild Swans did for Mao s China From the first pages, I loved both Nicholas and Alexandra Massie s richly researched details made the people and their world real for me.Knowing the outcome, I was surprised by the overwhelming humanity and goodness I found throughout, within the family and among those who knew them The family always found time together, pursuing their studies, reading aloud together, hiking, working, an [...]

  27. JESUS CHRIST this book I knew how the Romanovs died, so I basically read this like, Wow this entire reign is like a series of dumpster fires and it s only going to get worse During WWI it s like a train wreck in slow motion Mr May would be like, Why are you looking at your Kindle like that and all I could do was incoherently cuss because I was so distraught and emotional.Recommended for Massie s amazing writing and attention to detail and for anyone interested in Russian history and the revoluti [...]

  28. Amazing story which reads like fiction and is hard to put down.Fascinating tale brilliantly told.Never realized how poorly informed I was before about Russian history always thought that the Russian Revolution was an inevitable response to oppression of the poor but now see that it was a result of a series of coincidences which no one could have foreseen when Nicholas became tsar If this was a novel the character of Rasputin would seem pretty unbelievable, but sadly it all really happened.Only r [...]

  29. I loved this I confess that I pine for pre revolutionary Russia the way Margaret Mitchell pined for the antebellum South It s all glittering ballrooms filled with French speaking princesses from Tolstoy in my mind That delicious sweep, grandeur, and pathos that pervades Russian history and literature shows up in spades in the doomed reign of Nicholas II This was a perfect example of how knowing the ending of a story can occasionally make the telling of it poignant and interesting than it might [...]

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