According to Hutchinson,The Race to Save the Romanovs is "an incredible detective story" that will piece together and reconstruct the complex behind-the-scenes royal, diplomatic and unofficial efforts to secure a sanctuary for the Romanovs. In the process it will reveal "bitter family rivalries, secret plans, a chain of blame and recrimination and devastating betrayals". ...
|Title||:||The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family|
|Number of Pages||:||464 pages|
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The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family Reviews
A look at the final days of the Romanovs told from a different angle. This time we look at the various plots to rescue the family. From the serious, to the plausible, to the downright bizarre and plain idiotic and a few fraudulent claims as well. As with any non-fiction Romanov story there is plenty of frustration to be had. Both Nicholas and Alexandra were idiotic to not know what was coming, Alexandra always drives my crazy and I get annoyed that Nicholas just bowed to her every wish. Even thr ...more
Fascinating -- but ultimately sad -- retelling of the last days of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family...and the aftermath of their murders in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. The author has mastered a staggering amount of primary source material, even uncovering some documents that have not previously figured in other books on the subject. I liked the italicized offsets the author uses to comment on her search for papers -- and how she incorporates these findings into her narrative. The plethor ...more
In late December of 1977, I landed in Leningrad, Russia and begin looking at everything around me in that dark, cold, foreboding land. The mornings began not with sunrise but with darkness that pervaded the northern climate until late–after 10 am–and then the daylight hours ended early in the afternoon. And then there was the bitter cold, the sterile feel of the Communist state, the indifference of store workers to their customers, and the feeling of regimentation, oppression, and chains. Still, ...more
I am sure true fans of the Romanov family and the era will really like this book.
However, that is not me.
There are just too many people to keep track of, and so many details, and it just did not grab my interest.
After about 1/3 of it, I resorted to skimming through to see if it got any easier to read.
I did enjoy the family tree though. It shows how intertwined many of the royal families were, which contributed to some of the fears that they too would be captured and overthrown. It is also the ...more
This book was fascinating. It is a tragic read, because you already know how it ends: despite all Nicholas' and Alexandra's powerful royal relatives and the assorted plans and schemes for rescue, these plots were of course ultimately futile. The Bolsheviks who had been guarding them brutally murdered the Tsar and his family on July 17, 1918 in Ekaterinburg. The author explores all of the possibilities and why they were doomed, really, almost from the start. Internal politics. The war, and other ...more
I've read many books about the Romanov family. Even knowing how things ended for them I can't stop picking up a new book about them. This one makes me sad. It seems like their peers through out Europe were all like "not me" when it came to giving this family a safe place to flee to. What was worse was some of them said they would, but changed their mind. But I think the worst one was in Germany who seemed to sandbag them at different turns due to jealousy.
A thoroughly researched analysis of the obstacles to rescuing Czar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and their children in 1917-1918. Rappaport argues that there was a very narrow window of opportunity for the Imperial family to escape because of the internal political situation within Russia. Rappaport includes her own notes on her research process and how she built on the work of previous authors who have examined efforts to rescue the Romanovs by Europe's monarchs.
I found Rappaport's analysis o ...more
A really, really good read if you're interested in this period and the last Imperial Family.
I liked that Rappaport didn't place blame on one particular person and analyzed all the information in a fairly unbiased way. The facts are laid out and it doesn't come off feeling like she's forcing her own opinions of the topic on us. My only complaint is that, at times, we bounce back and forth a bit in the timeline and it could get a bit confusing.
I highly recommend reading Rappaport's The Last Days ...more