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The Rasputin File (2000)

by Edvard Radzinsky

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From the bestselling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known. For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle. With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history. Translated from the Russian by Judson Rosengrant.… (more)
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I expected this book to be more of a biograph of Rasputin, and it definitely had those elements, but to me felt more like an examination of the Russian royal family and where he fit in. It was definitely in-depth if you have no knowledge of the tsars and political players of the late 1800s and early 1900s. ( )
  Bricker | Feb 1, 2019 |
Fasci-nating. A great read by a Russian author who undoubtedly brings Russian sensitivities to his subject. No wonder the autocracy was toppled in 1917. The political setup was Obscurantism City. It's half a wonder R wasn t done in earlier than 1916 -- a harbinger of the fast approaching end as it turned out. ( )
  ted_newell | Jun 20, 2015 |
The only reason for the fewer stars is the translation from Russian to english is stilted and often leaves the subject matter dry and impersonal. Reads like a text book too often. Otherwise, a great look into a man accused of being a manipulator, but may in fact have been manipulated by yet another ambitious behind the throne female, taking a fall for things he never did. You decide. ( )
  trulak | Feb 19, 2013 |
Great book, really presents Rasputin in a new light, all his shortcomings and craziness notwithstanding. The only gripe I have with this book - which also applies to other Radzinsky's historical books I read - is that often he presents his theories as something that is proven, even though most of the times they are just interesting suggestions. ( )
  everfresh1 | Apr 6, 2011 |
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Le 19 décembre 1916, à la veille de Noël - le dernier de l'empire des Romanov -, à Petrograd, un cadavre remonta à la surface de la petite Nevka.
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From the bestselling author of Stalin and The Last Tsar comes The Rasputin File, a remarkable biography of the mystical monk and bizarre philanderer whose role in the demise of the Romanovs and the start of the revolution can only now be fully known. For almost a century, historians could only speculate about the role Grigory Rasputin played in the downfall of tsarist Russia. But in 1995 a lost file from the State Archives turned up, a file that contained the complete interrogations of Rasputin’s inner circle. With this extensive and explicit amplification of the historical record, Edvard Radzinsky has written a definitive biography, reconstructing in full the fascinating life of an improbable holy man who changed the course of Russian history. Translated from the Russian by Judson Rosengrant.

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