The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg

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  • Title: The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
  • Author: Helen Rappaport
  • ISBN: 9780312379766
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg

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The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg

About “Helen Rappaport

  • Helen Rappaport

    Born in Bromley, England, Helen Rappaport studied Russian at Leeds University but ill advisedly rejected suggestions of a career in the Foreign Office and opted for the acting profession After appearing on British TV and in films until the early 1990s she abandoned acting and embraced her second love history and with it the insecurities of a writer s life.She started out contributing to biographical and historical reference works for publishers such as Cassell, Reader s Digest, and Oxford University Press Between 1999 and 2003 she wrote three books back to back for a leading US reference publisher Joseph Stalin A Biographical Companion, the award winning An Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers and Queen Victoria A Biographical Companion Her first trade title was No Place for Ladies The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War Aurum press, 2007 She followed this with Ekaterinburg The Last Days of the Romanovs Hutchinson 2008 , which became a best seller in the USA, published by St.Martin s Press as The Last days of the Romanovs Tragedy at Ekaterinburg She then followed with Conspirator Lenin in Exile, Hutchinson, 2009 Basic Books USA, 2010.Helen s next title was a new departure a Victorian true crime story Beautiful for Ever Madame Rachel of Bond Street Cosmetician, Con Artist and Blackmailer published by novelist Susan Hill s imprint, Long Barn Books, 2010 A paperback edition will be published by Vintage on 3 May 2012.Helen s newest title, published by Hutchinson in the UK, is Magnificent Obsession Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy a study of the impact of the Prince Consort s premature death in 1861 on England, the monarchy, and Queen Victoria, and covering the first terrible ten years of her retreat from public view The book will be published in the USA on 13 March 2012 by St Martin s Press.Helen is currently working on two forthcoming titles Capturing the Light a collaboration with Roger Watson on the birth of photography, to be published in the UK by PanMacmillan in 2013 and in the USA by St Martin s Press date TBC and Four Sisters, about the tragic lives of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, to be published in the USA by St Martin s Press 2014 UK details to follow.Helen s only foray into fiction, so far, has been a collaboration with William Horwood on a historical thriller, Dark Hearts of Chicago published by Hutchinson in April 2007.Helen is a fluent Russian speaker and a specialist in Russian history and 19th century women s history, her great passion being to winkle out lost stories from the footnotes and to breathe new life and new perspectives into old subjects In 2005 she was historical consultant and talking head on a Channel 4 documentary The Real Angel of the Crimea about the Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole In 2010 she was talking head on a Mystery Files documentary about the Murder of the Romanovs for National Geographic channel.Helen has had considerable radio experience talking on Victorian and Russian history for BBC Radio Oxford and Radio Berkshire Radio 4 Woman s Hour, Start the Week and the Today programme In December 2011 she appeared on a Radio 2 programme on the history of the Royal Albert Hall and on Peter Snow s Random Edition about the death of Prince Albert In 2012 she is a talking head on the major 8 part Radio 4 series The Art of Monarchy.Since the mid 70s Helen has also become well known as a Russian translator in the theatre, working with British playwrights on new versions of Russian plays She has translated all seven of Chekhov s plays, including Ivanov for Tom Stoppard s new version that was a huge critical success at the Donmar Season at Wyndham s in 2008 In 2002 she was Russian consultant to the National Theatre s Tom Stoppard trilogy, The Coast of Utopia.A passionate Victorianist and Russianist, Helen is a member of Equity, the Victorian Society, the Society of Gen



877 thoughts on “The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg

  • If you ve stumbled across my review of The Romanovs Autocrats of All the Russias, you might recall that I ve recently become a member of the Two Person Russian Book Club As the name implies, this is a Russian themed book club comprised of two members myself, and my friend Jamie We are the only two members because we are the only two people we know personally who would join such a club Our first book was the aforementioned The Romanovs, by W Bruce Lincoln, a dense, sweeping look at the dynasty th [...]


  • One fascinating historical book about the Romanovs and a close look to their last days, their killers and the legacy of the stunning famous family I wrote about them in my review of The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra The Last Days of the Romanovs Tragedy at Ekaterinburg is a sad, touching book with an emotional end There was only one member of the family left, waiting for them to return, but it didn t happen The cruelty of the massacre and the brutali [...]


  • Helen Rappaport, in writing this book achieved not only to bring new information to light concerning the planning of murdering the Romanov family, she was also able to bring you right in to the story As I read, I not only could imagine the train ride aboard the Trans Siberian railway line to Ekaterinburg, and the sheer fear of this being the worst place in all of Russia to be taken to Nicholas, Alexandra, and Maria arrived in Ekaterinburg in May, and accounts of that time frame are given, throug [...]


  • A readable, fast paced and interesting history of the Romanov family s demise.The narrative covers the family s last two weeks at Ekaterinburg, as well as the tsar s decision to abdicate and how the family got there Rappaport also covers the interactions between the local soviet and the Moscow regime The Soviet leadership, by then trying to crush the Whites, had basically lost interest in the family s fate they didn t want the Whites to get anywhere near them, but that was about it The decision [...]


  • I m probably not being fair in giving this book 4 stars, but I can t help it It s my never ending itch that no history book written by women can scratch I am not being a misoginistic arsehole, it s just my frank opinion This has probably been the direct effect of the latest history book that I read, which is The End by Ian Kershaw Now that s master class retelling of some or other part of humanity s history However, it s not just that particular work that influenced my view on the matter By comp [...]


  • After finishing The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, I picked up this book hoping for insight into the family and their last days at Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg This was a riveting historical account, tightly paced than The Romanov Sisters.I didn t care for the off topic meandering in The Romanov Sisters however, I felt like the broader historical information in this book was not only on point, but vitally necessary in order to show how the Romanovs were [...]


  • I m always disturbed at the romanticized and saccharined portrayal of the Romanov murders It seems wrong to cannonize the dynasty that inflicted torture, exile, imprisonment, and death upon its people Equally, in my mind, Nicholas II only received the same treatment he gave to many of his subjectsrder Especially in Nicholas s case, I don t think the calm, devoted family man image redeems his strictly autocratic and anti Semitic rule as monarch For a monarch to turn the other way while his subjec [...]


  • A very readable piecing together of the last few weeks in the lives of Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, their five children, and the unfortunate faithful retainers who shared their fate Each chapter moves the narrative along a few days, or a day towards the end , then focuses on a protagonist in order to give the background of the event leading up to the massacre.As we know what happened, the feeling of tension and inevitable doom builds until we reach the very graphic chapter that describes, [...]


  • Rivals the Manson murders for the pure savagery A shameful act Book was very well written and well balanced Made the Romanovs human than Nicholas and Alexandra, which practically deified them.


  • POTENTIAL SPOILERS I m honestly not quite sure how to review this I mean, not very much time is dedicated to the Romanovs at all They all have their own separate chapters of course, minus the four sisters, who were all squished into one chapter but had separate sections for themselves That was all fine and good, although most of the book is describing the atmosphere of Ekaterinburg, and the family s servants, and their killers, which is all fine and good since I did learn a lot of stuff I hadn t [...]


  • I consider this the absolutely best book I have read about the Romanov family Even though I knew the tragic end, I almost felt as though it could be changed, so well written was this account


  • I had the misfortune of arriving at chapter 14 of The Last Days of the Romanovs in the late evening of course I couldn t put the book down and let me say that the terrible gruesomeness recounted in those final chapters does not make for restful sleep afterwards Gory Absolutely Sickening Indeed But Rappaport s account of the murders is considerably disturbing because the earlier chapters of the book establish the Romanovs as such a deeply human and sympathetic family.Tsar Nicholas was a terribly [...]


  • This is truly an amazing history book Mrs Rappaport goes beyond the limits of historical narrative and succeeds in recreating the whole heavy and tormenting atmosphere of the final two weeks in the lives of the Romanovs up to the moment of their appaling death I know it sounds like a cliche, but the narrative description of historical characters, mental and physical conditions or even things is so powerful and compelling that it s almost as if you are there, experiencing the same feelings, hopes [...]


  • This is an excellent overview of the death of the tsar by a fine writer I learned things I d never known and I ve been reading on this topic for 40 years The only flaw I saw was after devoting a chapter to the tsar, the tsarina and the girls wonderful , I expected a similar chapter on Alexei.Recommended if you re interested in Russian history and the Romanovs in particular.


  • Romanov s dynasty tragic end continues to fascinate public As I m reading this book, a certain Russian MP a former prosecutor with dubious mentsl health also tries to publish her book on the errors in the upcoming film on the balerina Matilda Kseshinskaya, a mistress to now saint Nicolas II The saint couldn t have had any affairs He was a saint Helen Rappaport, on the other hand, tries to show how ordinary and regular this saintly family was Nicolas was an indifferent ruler, incompetent and unwi [...]


  • Oh, where to begin Where to begin I bought this book in December 2012 while I was on an HPB run on lunch from a cataloging workshop I wasn t expecting high scholarship, if only from the terrible cover To the smart aleck saying not to judge books by their covers, let me take a second and tell you why this cover is worthy of judgment It s anyone s guess why this woman decided to put a cover on said book featuring a red tinted, badly shopped image of the 1902 Rothschild egg over the 1914 Livadia po [...]


  • I became fascinated with the Romanovs after reading Rappaports book on the Romanov sisters This book was much historic, not an easy read also because of all the names and terms Interesting read though


  • A well written ending to the tragic story of the Romanovs Rappaport goes into political detail here, which I appreciated Her epilogue was a little too saccharine and gushing for my taste, which betrayed her very sympathetic attitude towards the family throughout the whole narrative, a sympathy certainly legitimate for the children, quite a bit less so for the Tsar and Tsaritsa But reading Rappaport s two books in historical order is a treat and I highly recommend them for those looking for a li [...]


  • Thanks to Sher ProfilerSR for recommending this book in 2009 Continuing my quest to learn of Russian history, I noted The Last Days of the Romanovs in my LT library.It was a hot, humid evening in Ekaterinburg, in the industrial town located in Siberia July 16th started as other days for the Romanovs They entertained themselves by playing cards, reading and caring for their young son and brother Frail from blood that refused to clot, they continued their hovering and worrying.Thin from lack of f [...]


  • I just finished a book about Trotsky before reading this account of the Romanov murders, so maybe I m just burnt out on the Russian Revolution and its attendant issues Still, I d like to give this 2.5 stars, and once again curse for not having half stars as an option.I liked this book mainly for the asides Rappaport touched briefly on several minor historical figures that I hadn t ever heard of and found interesting For instance, she spends a few pages on Lt Col Mariya Bochkareva, a Russian woma [...]


  • Ekaterinburg is the name of the town the Romanovs, the Imperial family of Russia were kept in the weeks leading up to their execution Helen Rappaport, the author, writes well and I like the way the book is laid out, with each chapter taking on a day in the house they were kept in and a different member of the family.The only gripe I have with this book is that for a complete novice on Russian history, which I have to confes myself to be, it doesn t give enough information on the social and polit [...]


  • The title of this book tells you pretty much all you need to know it is a very in depth look at the last month or so in the lives of Russia s Tsar Nicholas II and his family, who were murdered by the Bolsheviks in July of 1918.Honestly, I would have preferred to learn about the Russian Revolution itself I often found myself a little confused Who were the Whites and why were they fighting against the Bolsheviks And why were Czechoslovakians fighting alongside the Whites But, really, that s not w [...]


  • Depois de ter lido v rios livros sobre os ltimos Romanov alguns de fic o como The Kitchen Boy de Robert Alexander, outros de n o fic o como Nicholas Alexandra de Robert K Massie, ambos do melhor que h sobre o tema , n o tarefa f cil encontrar outras leituras relacionadas que adicionem algo novo, que fa am a diferen a, mas Helen Rappaport conseguiu faz lo com muito sucesso.Enquanto outros autores costumam focar toda a sua aten o na Fam lia Imperial e nos acontecimentos que levaram ao seu ex lio e [...]


  • An unforgettable book The author gives the chronology of the events of the last week that last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were alive and imprisoned in Ekaterinburg pronounced ye ka tyer in boorg , the town in the Ural Mountains between Russia and Siberia where they were executed during the night of July 17, 1918 Although it is historical fact that Nicholas II must have been one of the stupidest men ever to sit on a throne and that his wife, Alexandra originally a German princess w [...]


  • The author takes the last 14 days of the life of the Romanovs and gives you insights to different members of the family and their staff Features the different members of the Bolsheviks who jailed them in Ekaterinburg and the political forces swirling about the Urals and Moscow The last two chapters are very graphic in the details of the murders of the Romanov family I think the author whose stated goal was not to try and rehash the whole history of the Romanovs did a very good job in giving you [...]


  • I was confused by this book Each chapter has a date, but within the chapter she skips around to all different times Maybe if I had read it in a focused way, rather than a little bit here and a little bit there, I would have followed it better Also, I felt she invented details to make the story flow, when there is no possible way she could have known those Morbidly, this is my best example When they were executing the family, she filled in details about people cowering in corners and which assas [...]


  • This is a very readable biography Although focusing on the Romanov s last weeks of captivity, there are separate chapters about each family member s life, as well as those of their faithful staff The narrative therefore becomes very personal, and their hopes, fears and frustrations become especially poignant in those last few days, with you knowing what will happen to them, knowing that they don t.There are also chapters about the men who killed them, and the royal European cousins who could and [...]


  • Helen Rappaport ncearc i reu e te n fascinanta sa carte s prezinte c t mai multe date bine documentate despre familia ultimului ar al Rusiei Nicolai al II lea i mai ales despre ultimele 30 de zile din via a lor petrecute n captivitate i sf r ite printr o moarte teribil , fiind pur i simplu asasina i cu to ii f r mil O crim ce nu poate fi uitat i pe care istoricii nu nceteaz s o studieze chiar dac se va mplini n cur nd un secol de la teribila fapt petrecut n ziua de 17 iulie 1918 O carte at t de [...]


  • Whew, this one s depressing on so many levels, so very depressing Especially when you get to that part of the executions I never understood why anyone entertained the fantasy that someone escaped Revolutionaries don t make those kind of mistakes Also, the sickening narrative at the end rings true to human nature, when in a panicked situation, people just let adrenaline run loose and behavior gets out of control Hence, how they could end up slaughtering 4 young women so brutally Don t read this o [...]


  • Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book It condensed the Romanov saga to the last two weeks and built a lot of tension to the foregone conclusion I m by no means an expert on this period in history It was very readable, cinematic in scope and horrifying at the end I d recommend it I was a bit dismayed by the lack of footnotes, and the author explained the reasoning behind that in the epilogue.


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