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The Last Days of the Romanovs

Fascination with the murder of the Romanov family in July 1918 shows no sign of waning. This new book takes a micro approach, focusing in on the last 13 days of the family’s claustrophobic, tense life in Yekaterinburg.

Rappaport fills out her story with vivid detail and superb characterization, building the tension and drama to its brutal climax, sparing no stomach-turning details. She draws us in so well, that we very nearly smell the dusty drapes and taste the sweat hanging thick in the air of that tragic Siberian summer. We can’t stop reading, wondering what will happen next, even though we know full well what happens next.

Meticulously researched and intimately drawn, this is a must read for anyone interested in the sad fate of the Romanovs, or for anyone interested in plumbing the depths of human depravity, witnessing the nobility of calm resignation, or reliving the tragedy that foretold the executions of hundreds of thousands of innocents in the decades to come.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2009