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The Romanovs: 1613-1918

S greatest empire And how did they lose it allThis is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas some touched by genius some by madness but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition Simon Sebag Montefiores gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empir. I found Romanovs to be a very intriguing and enlightening read As my heritage on my paternal grandfather s side is Russian I found the book extremely interesting and I learned a history of this dynasty that I know I never would have learned otherwise Knowing how atheistically communistic the USSR and Russia have always been portrayed I found it unusually interesting that the Romanov families appeared to be uite religious even to the point of being Christian That is a part of their history of which I was never aware I feel the author did an excellent job of explaining in great detail all the events happening in this entire family right up to the deaths of the final family members in 1918 The asterisked footnotes were extremely helpful in filling in a lot of the gaps regarding various events a

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Epic history on the grandest scale Game of Thronesseems like the proverbial vicar's tea party in comparisonFinancial TimesThe Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times ruling a sixth of the worlds surface for three centuries How did one family turn a war ruined principality into the world. Human history is full of violence and ineptitude Nothing makes that clear than Mr Montefiore s examination of the Romanov dynasty This is a well researched well documented and well written volume that is essential to anyone interested in reading European history You will be amazed astounded and disgusted sorry but there is no getting around it by the machinations of the Romanov royal family It is only surpassed by the brutality of the revolutionaries who put an end to the dynasty murdering Tsar Nicolas and his immediate family as well as other family members whose only threat was Lenin s own insecurity You will recognize some names that are still in Russian government today I will say only that if evil were genetic there would be little hope for the Russian people The lesson is simply that y


11 thoughts on “The Romanovs: 1613-1918

  1. says:

    Fascinating story The geneology gets a bit complex at times, but it certainly helps explain the Russian mindset that led them back to

  2. says:

    Human history is full of violence and ineptitude Nothing makes that clear than Mr Montefiore's examination of the Romanov dynasty This is a well researched, well documented, and well written volume that is essential to anyone interested in reading European history You will be amazed, astounded and disgusted (sorry, but there is no getting around it) by the machinations of the Romanov royal family It is only surpassed by the brutality of t

  3. says:

    For those who like their history both interesting and readable, this is your book This author writes in a very journalistic, or even novel like, style, and it's easy to forget as you're reading that this is than a story The book moves along very quickly, and you'll find it is very much of the don't want to put it down variety I was pleased that it was available in e book/Kindle format, as one can read along, a

  4. says:

    This book is a must if you are into Russian history it tells the story of the Romanovs, since the first one to the fall of the dinasty It is definitely some heavy reading in some parts you have to think that you cannot understand Russia without, at the same time, knowing something of what was happening in Europe and the Middle East But in general, the prose if fluid, full of details yet not overwhelmingly technical or for the scho

  5. says:

    I found Romanovs to be a very intriguing and enlightening read As my heritage (on my paternal grandfather's side) is Russian, I found the book extremely interesting, and I learned a history of this dynasty that I know I never would have learned otherwise Knowing how atheistically communistic the U.S.S.R and Russia have always been portrayed,

  6. says:

    The author does the best job he can to uncomplicate this incredibly complicated story In Russian history it seems

  7. says:

    This is a sensational and dramatic account of the family that ruled Russia for 300 years, characterised by Simon Sebag Montefiore's lurid prose and blunt (and often humorous) commentary about a dysfunctional family successfully presiding over the expansion of an empire despite (and possibly because of) their eccentric use of absolute power in the form of the last autocracy in Europe Gargantuan sexual appetites, danger

  8. says:

    This is, appropriately for the subject matter, a dense and heavy book how else could it be, given the complexity of the Romanov dynasty?Having said that, truth proves stranger even than fiction, and it's a compelling real l

  9. says:

    I think most people only know the 20th century part of Russia The end of a so called tyrannical Tsar and the brutal October revolutionaries who took over to the current Kremlin incumbent The Romanovs were a major force of War and Politics for over 300 years and some of their descendants are scattered throughout the world The deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family is still gut wrenchingly sad to read Totally

  10. says:

    Very broad in scope From an author who knows Russian history having written two books on Stalin He doesn’t dwell

  11. says:

    The best history book I have ever read, goes into extraordinary depth whilst the clarity and novelistic style of Montefiore's writing immerses the reader so completely as to foster emotional involvement with its royal subject I was moved almost to tears by the end! A must read for anyone interested in Russia.

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