Nicholas II: Emperor of All the Russias
This portrait of the last Tsar tells the story of the family man, the father of the haemophiliac heir, the protector of Rasputin, and the victim of the infamous murder at Ekaterinburg in 1918. It also considers Nicholas as political leader and emperor. It presents a view of him very different from the one generally held in the West and portrays the old regime's collapse and the origins of Bolshevik Russia in a new light.
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An incredibly detailed and well researched book encompassing the story of Nicholas II - from his birth in St. Petersburg to the strong, powerful Alexander III, to his final days during the collapse of the once mighty Russian Empire. Throughout the book, the author's coherent knowledge is clearly shown, and shows the reader that he really knows the subject he is writing about. Furthermore, it offers a vivid and understandable picture of the dilemmas faced by the imperial government before its demise in revolution. He often offers comparisons of other regimes past and present to make it easier to understand for readers who may not have studied Russia before, whilst also providing intricate information. However, the pace of the book becomes slow at times.