Nicholas And Alexandra (Common Reader Classic Bestseller Series)

Nicholas And Alexandra (Common Reader Classic Bestseller Series)

by Robert K. Massie
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immortalimp83 More than 1 year ago
This book means so much to me. My great grandfather was in the Russian army under the last 2 Tsars. He always spoke so highly of Nicholas and his family. He fled to America with his wife and children during the Revolution. My grandma Irina (renamed Irene, who will be 90 this year) grew up hearing about the family. She bought this book when it came out, being somewhat of a Romanov ameteur historian. She passed it to her son, my father, who also grew to love this amazing family. As fate would have it, I was born on the oldest daughter Grand Duchess Olga's b-day. When I was old enough, Grandma and Dad gave me their copy of this book. Every subsequent b-day and Christmas I recieve another book or some Romanov or imperial Russian related item. This is our way of honoring my heritage...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was remarkable, Robert k. Massie allows the readers to really look into the Russian imperial family's daily life and feel as if they are there alongside them. He allows the reader to go through the good times and bad, with them and feel as though they are there watching the empire crumble at their feet. The reader can literally hear the calmness of Nicholas's commands during the war, feel the agony Alexandra deals with as she watches her son, Alexis suffer from hemophilia, and become friends and enemies with those who closely surround the family. Personally I found the book wonderful and would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in Russia, royalty, and romance or if you are just looking for a good read. (Which in all reality this book is far beyond just a "good read") The only part I did not enjoy was how in-depth Robert k. Massie went with the details of Rasputin's dirty deeds. However the information was pretty necessary to get the point and facts across. On the other hand, I loved all the details of the imperial families' daily life, coronations, and family vacations. Also the way Massie goes into each characters background and future was quite enjoyable. Robert k. Massie really knows his stuff! I would recommend any of the books written by Robert k. Massie on account of his writing style, ability, and overall knowledge of Russian history. If I had to rate this book on a scale of one to ten I would give it a 14, it really and truly went above and beyond all of my expectations and I'm so glad I read it! It truly is a must read book!!
mermaidchick More than 1 year ago
And I loved it!!!!!!!!!!! This was my 35th birthday present to me from a dear friend and I cried at the end. I can't believe what happened to the Romanovs. I read this book in a matter of days. I couldn't put it down. It has inspired an excitement in me to learn more of european history which has always interested me. Massie wrote so well I couldn't tell I was learning history. I loved it so much that I do find my self still, after a couple of months since I read it, thinking about them and wishing things hadn't ended so tragically for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 16 years old, and read this book for a book report. This was incrediblely powerful! The fall of Imperial Russia and the Romanov Family facinates me! This is the absoulte BEST book that I have read about the topic! Hats off to Robert K. Massie!!!!!!!!!!!! If you even remotely are interested in this book, READ IT!!! You will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the best book ever writing dealing with royal european history. The relationship between Nicholas & Alexandra and the times in which they lived is written in a very detailed and enjoyable fashion. If you love this book you should watch the movie Nicholas and Alexandra staring Janet Suzman and Tom Baker which was made in 1972.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student of history, I find a lot of the books can be dull or dry. Not this one. It's full of interesting infomation to humanise a very vivid part of Russian history with two of her most interesting characters. While completely non-fiction, it doesn't read like a textbook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book just after I completed "Catherine The Great" by the same author, Robert K. Massie. I throughly enjoyed "Nicholas and Alexandra" because it gives the reader an up close and personal account of Russian history, and the Russian people in the late 19th Century and the early 20th Century. I appreciate the research the author had to do to put this very detailed account of the Tsar and his family together. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is essentially a true story about two people and their love .. for each other, family, country and god; their inability to rule wisely and the resulting disaster of the fall of their Imperial government with the background of the WWII. This is history told in flesh and blood. Robert Massie has written another masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I enjoy reading about world history but realized that what I knew of Russia was only in relation to the United States. This book brought life to this extremely important time in world history but more than facts gave me the human aspect and reasons that so many history books lack. It is a terrible story and so many decisions were made based on emotions rather than the greater good of the nation but as a parent I cannot fault a mother for putting the well being of her child before any and everything...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tsar Nicholas II was the last tsar of Russia, overthrown by the Bolsheviks and an enormous, starving nation. Him, his wife Alexandra and their four children were tragically murdered in the middle of the night by a nation that had grown to hate them. Robert K Massie does an exceptional job of showing how Nicholas and his family were victims of fate, exemplifying the power of propaganda and rumors, and how when a member of a family is chronically ill with a life-threatening illness the rest of the family will do anything possible to save the invalid. This book reads like a novel, while subtly teaching the reader all about the last tsar of Russia and his downfall. My only complaint is the abrupt manner in which the book ends, providing the epilogue isn't taken into account. Because of the wonderful way it is written to evoke emotion where most historical reads are very dry, even those not interested in Russian history can find pleasure in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicholas and Alexandra is the fascinating story of the last royal family of Russia, the Romanovs. Massie takes you from the childhood of Nicholas and Alexandra all the way to their tragic deaths. You see the deceitful relationship between Rasputin and Alexandra and also the motherly love of Alexandra. This book reads like a piece of fiction that Massie just dreamed up one day. Yet, all at once, it shows you the reality of this mysterious time period, both good and bad. Massie makes you feel as though you truly are sitting in the same room as the characters and that their life becomes yours. I did feel though, that at some points the details of World War I and the council men became a little bit too deep and complex to follow without knowing a great deal about Russian history and World War I. To me the map seemed a little bit incomplete of the exactly where the war cities and other important cities were and but it might have been an error on my part. I loved how when you are at first reading the book, Massie makes Alexandra out to be some cold and hard woman but then once you reflect you realize that the love she had for her son, her husband, and her country was intense. With other books on this subject, some of the information isn't necessarily 100% accurate but with the citations in the back of the book there was no debate that everything was true. Massie squashed all of the rumors about the Romanov children's death, Rasputin's death; his relationship with Alexandra, etc. This book also makes you think about life and the value that it holds. With Alexis' condition you realize how much you take simple things for granted, to me that was one of the most valuable parts of the book. One of the major themes of the book was trust and mistrust. Nicholas completely trusted Alexandra and Alexandra trusted her son's wellbeing with Rasputin. However, this trust was definitely wrongly placed in Rasputin. Some of Nicholas' most trusted officials had tried to cue him in and yet he still didn't believe in them which was a fatal decision. Overall, I would say that this book was very good and possibly one of the best I've read and it completely exceeded my expectations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was perhaps the best book I have read on the Romanovs. I read it over 30 years ago, and have recently reread it. The problem at that time in around 1972 is that the print was so very small that it would be easy to put it down by just looking at the print. However, I pushed on, and it was a very educational experience. Lorrie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book remarkably well researched and well written. Massie satisfies every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 14 just for fun, it is wonderfully written and gives you tons of information about what was going on with the last royal family of Russia
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Massie's account of the end of the Romanov era is thoroughly engrossing and completely fascinating. I would highly recommend it to both general readers and history buffs.
jmgallen 6 months ago
The Centenary of the Russian Revolution is an ideal time to revisit this classic biography of its principal two antagonists, Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. This is a tragic tale of a loving family trapped in snow globe from which they were unable to appreciate and adapt to the changes around them. Beginning in 1894, the year of their coronation, the author provides an introduction to the polyglot Empire over which they ruled, the cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, in which they presided over society, and Tsarskoe Selo, the Tsars’ village in which they resided. Their coronation was marred by the trampling of hundreds of their subjects desiring only to participate in the festivities. Although born heir to the throne, Nicholas was distrusted by his father and ill-prepared by experience and education to assume power after his father’s unexpected death. Alexandra, granddaughter of Queen Victoria and cousin of King Edward VII and Kaiser Wilhelm II was born to the Grand Duke of Hesse, thereby acquiring the heritage that would earn her the moniker “The German Woman”. Lurking in the background of their fairy tale early lives were two revolutionaries, Alexander Kerensky and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later called Lenin. Readers follow the timeline through the uprisings of 1905, the advent of the Great War, the March Revolution that toppled the monarchy and the October Revolution is whose wake the Imperial Family was killed. There are a lot of books about the Russian Revolution, so what makes this one special? This work’s exceptionalism has its origins in a shared misfortune. Both the Romanov and Massie families worked with a hemophiliac son. That drew author Robert K. Massie’s interest to the Imperial couple. Much attention is directed toward the influence of Tsarevich Alexei’s illness on the actions of Nicholas and Alexandra and the Empress’ reliance on Rasputin to bring comfort to Alexei. Massie effectively makes the case that Russia was modernizing before World War I but that the combination of social unrest, the War, Nicholas’ unbending maintenance of autocratic powers, and the disastrous decisions made under Rasputin’s influence made a transition to a constitutional monarchy impossible. The author does an excellent job of narrating the incredible tale of Rasputin’s rise and ultimate fall. It is an irony that, after Rasputin’s death the former Imperial Family, as captives, the family gazed upon the Holy Man’s house in Pokrovskoe while his family waived handkerchiefs in creating. I feel that this tome gave me a better understanding of the Russian Revolution than I had gained from other reads. I first read “Nicholas And Alexandra” many years ago and several other books on Russia and its Revolutions since but, in my mind, this remains the classic.
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tim-1969 More than 1 year ago
The love story about two people that were so out of touch with what was going on in their country. If only the Czar had been able to at least get his children out of Russia alive.
jane_eyre_ More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. It's so hard to grasp that this is a true story and it's not simply a fictional tale in a non-existent place. If you have any interest at all in history, Russia, or simply want a good story of a royal family this book will keep you thoroughly entertained. Highly recommended! 
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