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The Last Tsarina

Erickson, Carolly

(Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Tsarina Alexandra-hauntingly beautiful, melancholy, obsessed with the occult-was blamed by her contemporaries for the downfall of the Romanovs. But her true nature has eluded previous biographers. Using archival material unavailable before the fall of the Soviet Union, acclaimed historian Carolly Erickson's masterful study brings to life the full dimensions of the Empress's singular psychology: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to marry Nicholas, the anguish of her pathologicalshyness, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, Erickson has crafted an intimate and richly detailed portrait of an enigmatic historical figure. Unfolding against the turbulent backdrop of Russian history in the last decades before the Revolution of 1917, this engrossing biography draws the reader in to Alexandra's isolated, increasingly troubled interior world. In these pages, the tsarina ceases to be a remote historical figure and becomes a character who lives and breathes.Intimate, rich in detail, carefully researched and informed by a generous imagination, Erickson's page-turning account of Alexandra and her times is a gem of biographical storytelling, as vivid and hard to put down as an enthralling novel.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2002
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition
ISBN: 031230238X
Branch Call Number: 921 Alexa
Characteristics: 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 20, 2011
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although we basically all know the story to some degree, this book takes a more detailed look at the Tsarina her self, from her upbringing to her final days. It's really well-researched and well-written. When dealing with historical figures or difficult subjects, sometimes the author can make a book overly-complicated. This author does not. She's clear, precise and sure of her facts. A really interesting book.

Nov 06, 2008
  • budster rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an extremely enjoyable read for those who love biographies .... it is a moving story of a lady at the centre of much conflict. I recommend this book to everyone who asks.


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Nov 06, 2008
  • budster rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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