“[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall Street Journal
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
"An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." —Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire
"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." —Booklist, Starred
"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction
Making vibrant use of primary sources that emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Fleming (Amelia Lost) brings to life the last imperial family of Russia. Writing with a strong point of view based on diary entries, personal letters, and other firsthand accounts, she enriches their well-known story with vivid details. The narrative begins in February 1903 (with some flashbacks to the meeting of tsar Nicholas and German-born tsarina Alexandra) and also features primary sources from peasants and factory workers including an excerpt from Maxim Gorky's 1913 memoir that help to affectingly trace the increasingly deplorable conditions and growing discontent that led to the Russian Revolution; key figures such as Rasputin and Lenin are profiled in some depth. Fleming's fulsome portraits of Nicholas and Alexandra, along with her depiction of their devoted relationship, highlight the role their personalities played in their downfall, as well as that of their beloved country. A wonderful introduction to this era in Russian history and a great read for those already familiar with it. Ages 12 up.
How do you say "superb" in Russian?
Fantastic! A great read ... It flows like a novel. Hard to put down!
Five Star book!!
If there was ten stars I'd give it that! I actually got this book from the library and it was so good! I loved learning about them. At some point in time my ancestors (Poland) were under the Romanov rule. It was very cool to find out how WW1 broke out! Then how Poland was not apart of Russia anymore. So interesting Candace Fleming did an absolutely beautiful job with this book!
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
I do understand that this is a book for teens, but I was still disappointed. I think when it comes to history we have a duty to our kids to be accurate and honest. I feel that it does a disservice to leave out very important events, such as the Russo-Japanese War, and the role of extended family in the creation of, and attitudes towards life and historical events involving the Imperial Family. I really felt that the author had no, or very few positive feelings or empathy towards Nicholas II and his family. I even felt that the children were unfairly maligned when all they were guilty of was being children. I did really like the "Beyond the Palace Gate" segments. It was an excellent contrast.
There was an error in one of the photo portraits of the family, where Olga and Tatiana were switched.