History can be stranger than "Fiction This Long Narrative History "This long narrative history never Dull The Author Writes With The author writes with facility Here we have a history of Russia because the Romanovs were no constitutional monarchy What an xtraordinary family they were And what a tragic nd to three hundred years Very broad in scope From an author who knows Russian history having written two books on Stalin He doesn t dwell on ach tsar or tsarina individually but provides OBaby enough background toach and most importantly Nerds each relevant family tree Some of them stood out as leaders like Catherine the Great and Peter the Great despite his barbaric approach to ruling He made Russia what is today Before him Russia had no navy Compare this to the inept rule of Nicholas II who was out of touch with the real world and his family had beenxploited by the charlatan Rasp I think most people only know the 20th century part of Russia The Zack (Areion Fury MC end of a so called tyrannical Tsar and the brutal October revolutionaries who took over to the current Kremlin incumbent The Romanovs were a major force of War and Politics for over 300 years and some of their descendants are scattered throughout the world The deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family is still gut wrenchingly sad to read Totally unnecessary Simon has written with well researched detail thextraordinary life of not just the family but all the characters who play their part with them on the World Stage I cannot recommend this book Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, enough This is appropriately for the subject matter a dense and heavy book howlse could it be given the complexity of the Romanov dynastyHaving said that truth proves stranger ContamiNation even than fiction and it s a compelling real life soap opera from start to finish Think Dynasty crossed with Eastenders but with blood spilt power sought ambition thwarted and plotting Oh there s a lot of plottingInjoyed it immensely but think it could have done with a bit of an Taxi ins Glück edit to pare it back a bit This is a sensational and dramatic account of the family that ruled Russia for 300 years characterised by Simon Sebag Montefiore s lurid prose and blunt and often humorous commentary about a dysfunctional family successfully presiding over thexpansion of an mpire despite and possibly because of their ccentric use of absolute power in the form of the last autocracy in Europe Gargantuan sexual appetites dangerous toadyism some Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas extraordinary good luck and the advantages of geography and population pockmark thisndlessly The Magic Rolling Pin entertaining account That is up until the serious sombre Nicholas II when the tone of the book and the fate of the Romanovs darkens to theirxtinction with the book s bleak conclusion in a cellar in Ekaterinberg Montefiore doesn t spare the Romonovs in Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, either their sexualscapades or their policy bungles but what is uniue about this family is how closely the two were linked and from time to time he pops up with a story showing how influential this was on future generations and leaders of Russia Their impulses took the largest country on arth in various risky directions until their luck ran out and the most sober of. Epic history on the grandest scale Game of Thronesseems like the proverbial vicar's tea party in comparison Financial TimesThe Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times ruling a sixth of the worlds surface for three centuries How did one family turn a war ruined principality into the world. .
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Putin Human history is full of VIOLENCE AND INEPTITUDE NOTHING MAKES THAT and ineptitude Nothing makes that than Mr Montefiore s xamination of the Romanov dynasty This is a well researched well documented and well written volume that is The Unseen Wonder essential to anyone interested in reading European history You will be amazed astounded and disgusted sorry but there is no getting around it by the machinations of the Romanov royal family It is only surpassed by the brutality of the revolutionaries who put annd to the dynasty murdering Tsar Nicolas and his immediate family as well as other family members whose only threat was Lenin s own insecurity You will recognize some names that are still in Russian government today I will say only that if The Management Bible evil were genetic there would be little hope for the Russian people The lesson is simply that you may change a style of government but if you don t change the mindsets of the people governing the result will not be better This is a lesson for all nations You must read this book if you hope to understand modern Russia Fascinating story The geneology gets a bit complex at times but it certainly helpsxplain the Russian mindset that led them
"Back To What Is "to what is an autocracy under Putin It was interesting to learn that the first tsar of the Romanov dynasty was very reluctant to accept the mantle of leadership when it was offered While the dynasty Zu schnell ended in blood and tragedy it was also born during a period of blood and tragedy Apart from Peter the Great Catherine the Great and Alexander II there was little to distinguish the other Romanov tsars in terms of improving the lot of their subjects during their respective reigns While the story of Nicholas II and Alexandra and thend of the dynasty has been told by many other authors I didn t realize until I read this book how much Nicholas contributed to his own demise and that of his family by the decisions he made during his time as tsar Probably wouldn lt have changed the course of history but it might have saved his life and that of his immediate and Sleepless (Bird of Stone, extended family For those who like their history both interesting and readable this is your book This author writes in a very journalistic orven novel like style and it s asy to forget as you re reading that this is than a story The book moves along very uickly and you ll find it is very much of the don t want to put it down variety I was pleased that it was available in bookKindle format as one can read along and uickly look up unfamiliar historical references or just investigate parts of the story that are interesting As for the subject matter the book truly is a riveting story of the various luminary members of the dynasty and their greater place within the times they lived and ruled The author helpfully provides a family "Tree And Brief Single Line "and brief single line of the major characters during various periods so that readers can keep track of the many players some of whom were around for a very long time If you re a Game of Thrones fan the story line will seem uite familiar in some places with the difference being of course these vents really happene. Building overshadowed by palace conspiracy family rivalries sexual decadence and wild xtravaganceDrawing on new archival research Montefiore delivers an Invisible (The Curse of Avalon enthrallingpic of triumph and tragedy love and murder that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of mpire that helps define Russia today. Them in account anyway led them to destruction by being that impossible contradiction in terms the weak autocratSections on Peter the Great whose life proved that gory is clearly an anagram of orgy and on the death of Potemkin lived on gold died on grass stick out in my mind as well as the distressing details of the final days of the Romanovs Autocracy had outlived its usefulness by then and Nicholas crimes are plain to see but it is difficult not to be moved by the cruelty of their fate at the hands of the Bolsheviks I found Romanovs to be a very intriguing and nlightening read As my heritage on my paternal grandfather s side is Russian I found the book xtremely interesting and I learned a history of this dynasty that I know I never would have learned otherwise Knowing how atheistically communistic the USSR and Russia have always been portrayed I found it unusually interesting that the Romanov families appeared to be uite religious ven to the point of being Christian That is a part of their history of which I was never aware I feel the author did an Deep Listening excellent job ofxplaining in great detail all the vents happening in this ntire family right up to the deaths of the final family members in 1918 The asterisked footnotes were Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature extremely helpful in filling in a lot of the gaps regarding variousvents and characters who played major roles in the Romanov family history It was very obvious that the author did a great deal of historical research in putting this book together For anyone who is interested in this kind of history I would highly recommend this book for I don t feel anyone could go wrong in adding this historical account to his or her library This book is a must if you are into Russian history it tells the story of the Romanovs since the first one to the fall of the dinasty It is definitely some heavy reading in some parts you have to think that you cannot understand Russia without at the same time knowing something of what was happening in Europe and the Middle East But in general the prose if fluid full of details yet not overwhelmingly technical or for the scholar The author does the best job he can to uncomplicate this incredibly complicated story In Russian history it seems as though there must have been only a handful of names to choose from so in this story there are multiple Alexanders Peters Nicholas s Maries and Alexandras tc Makes it difficult to wrap your brain around but fascinating nonetheless I could ve done with about their personal lives and less about all the wars and warring over territory I read this on a kindle which might have been a disadvantage because the family trees are there but not as asy to find on a kindle and there don t seem to be any maps ither Maps would have made "The Wars And Wrangling "wars and wrangling territory asier to understand as well Bunnys Book Club Goes to School especially since a lot of the countries don tven go by the same name any The depth of this book however really helps you get to the bottom of how the Romanovs held their power in Russia for so long and might The Peculiar Pig even give the modern day reader a glimpse into why Putin is well. S greatestmpire And how did they lose it allThis is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas some touched by genius some by madness but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition Simon Sebag Montefiores gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless mpire. ,