Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

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By (author) Helen Rappaport

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  • Publisher: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099520095
  • ISBN 13: 9780099520092
  • Sales rank: 102,669

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This is a vivid and compelling account of the final thirteen days of the Romanovs, counting down to the last, tense hours of their lives. On 4 July 1918, a new commandant took control of a closely guarded house in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg. His name was Yakov Yurovsky, and his prisoners were the Imperial family: the former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey. Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room. This is the story of those murders, which ended 300 years of Romanov rule and began an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.

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Helen Rappaport's most recent book is the acclaimed No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War (Aurum). A fluent Russian speaker and specialist in Russian history and 19th-century women's history, she was the Russian consultant in 2002 to the National Theatre's Tom Stoppard trilogy, The Coast of Utopia. She is also the author of biographical reference works on Joseph Stalin, Queen Victoria and women social reformers. She and William Horwood are co-authors of Dark Hearts of Chicago (Hutchinson, 2007), a thriller about journalist Emily Strauss of the New York World.

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By Diana 10 Apr 2013 5

This is a book that will change the way you look at the history figures/ celebrities/ intellectuals and all important people you learned about in school and even the ones that are still alive. It's a book that need to be read by all and recommended as a case study in schools.
Is the first book I read and made me feel guilty leaving it down in order to do any ordinary tasks like listen to music, watching a film or anything fun. It sends a very clear message of what great people can suffer and what is their brave reaction to any strikes received from life.
It is well documented and has pictures of the places presented and people that were involved in the assassination of the Romanovs. The great details and the pictures are making the book perfect, you can put faces to the names presented, you can see how real evil can look like.
You will turn page after page and you will start to feel what the family felt in those last days, how those girls managed too cope with the situation being brave for their parents and for their little brother.

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"Stunning, chilling and poignant, this is how history books should be written." Alison Weir "That perfect but rare blend of history, sense of place, human tragedy, drama and atmosphere" -- Susan Hill "Helen Rappaport brilliantly assembles the intricacies of the story in untroubling prose with some colourful re-imaginings to make this account utterly compelling." Daily Telegraph "To coincide with the anniversary (of the death's of the Romanovs), their last wretched days have been chronicled in an explosive new book. Using previously overlooked documents and witness accounts, it tells the story of the family's final moments in unprecedented detail." Daily Mail "A deeply touching anniversary tribute" Independent on Sunday