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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (2014)

by Candace Fleming

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Fascinating. Candace Fleming weaves a tale of rebellion, deceit, and betrayal into a gripping account of the fall of the Romanov family and Imperial Russia. Readers will not feel like they are just reading a work of non-fiction riddled with a constant stream of boring informational text. The structure of the story told from first-hand accounts, pictures, and diary entries engrosses readers from the get-go. Pulled into a web of suspense, Fleming does not let up from start to finish.

I, personally, am not much of a history buff or a non-fiction fan. But once I picked this up it was hard to put down. ( )
  jawink22 | Feb 6, 2019 |
This book was intriguing! Murder, rebellion and the fall of Imperial Russia. The actual pictures in the pictures section made it easy to empathize with this last Royal Family from Russia. It takes you through the history of the secrets of the Russian revolution ( )
  enemory | Nov 26, 2018 |
This is a very interesting story about the family of Tsar Nicholas II at the time of the Russian revolution. It does a great job of painting a clear picture of each of the characters and showing how bizarre their lives were. They lived in such seclusion from society as it was, but especially when the revolution began. Candace Fleming does an excellent job of adding just enough detail to make it possible to picture the setting well, but doesn't bog down the book in too much detail. There is a lot of action and suspense build into the story. One of the most vivid moments is when the family believes someone is helping them escape, but they are actually brought into a room to be shot and executed, and because they had sewn so many diamonds into their clothes, bullets whizzed around the room. Fleming creates suspense out of the many dull days the family spent as they were moved from place to place and unsure what the revolutionaries would decide to do with them. Fleming doesn't just tell the story of the Romanovs, but also presents what life was like in Russia at this time for others such as peasants and revolutionaries, creating a complete picture for readers. The book is accessible, engaging and difficult to put down!
  claireelam | Jul 20, 2018 |
I've always been interested in the story of Anastasia the lost princess, her family, Rasputin the evil sorcerer and the curse he placed on her family. Fleming does a good job of making the reader empathize with the characters, while keeping focus on the Romanovs. The pictures helped as well. ( )
  Aythn | Jun 28, 2018 |
This book was intreguing! Murder, rebellion and the fall of Imperial Russia. The actual pictures in the pictures section made it easy to empathise with this last Royal Family from Russia. It takes you through the history of the secrets of the Russian revolution. ( )
  Rmendez11 | Apr 22, 2018 |
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When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life.
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From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life.… (more)

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