Nicholas and Alexandra
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Nicholas and Alexandra

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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 naivete, 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 613 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 38.1mm | 521.63g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Ballantine Books Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • PHOTO INSERT; FAMILY TREE; MAP
  • 0345438310
  • 9780345438317
  • 97,647

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More than a quarter of a century after it was first published in hardcover comes a never-before-issued trade paperback edition of the classic Nicholas and Alexandra. Featuring a new introduction by its Pulitzer Prize -- winning author, this powerful work sweeps us back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs' lives: Nicholas's political naivete, Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis's brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Robert K. Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history -- the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble. . . .show more

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"A larger-than-life drama."--Saturday Review "A moving, rich book . . . [This] revealing, densely documented account of the last Romanovs focuses not on the great events . . . but on the royal family and their evil nemesis. . . . The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it."--Newsweek "A wonderfully rich tapestry, the colors fresh and clear, every strand sewn in with a sure hand. Mr. Massie describes those strange and terrible years with sympathy and understanding. . . . They come vividly before our eyes."--The New York Times "An all-too-human picture . . . Both Nicholas and Alexandra with all their failings come truly alive, as does their almost storybook romance."--Newsday "A magnificent and intimate picture . . . Not only the main characters but a whole era become alive and comprehensible."--Harper'sshow more

About Robert K. Massie

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His books include Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.show more

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19,204 ratings
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Having finished "Peter the Great - His life and World" which I deeply appreciated I decided to try this book from the same author, and again I was not disappointed. Although the story flows in a slightly different manner, more personalised on Nicholas and his family, (possibly due to additional wealth of sources of information available) but with less background than the epic "Peter the Great", it is a satisfying read, and in the end one can only wonder: what a life. could they have done it differently???show more
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