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In "Nicholas II," Captivating History surveys the life of the Russia's last tsar. The content is stellar, although this book could have benefited from the inclusion of visual media.
This author argues that "Not only did the tale of Nicholas II lead to an enigmatic assassination of an entire family, but it also marked a distinct turning point for the history of Russia that affected the world" (Loc 45). Readers learn the truth in this claim through the final tsar's history from his birth on May 6, 1868 to his execution on July 17, 1918.
As expected, Captivating History demonstrates its historical diligence through scholarly research and a robust bibliography. Unlike previous releases, however, this title does not feature any visual media. Being able at least able to match names to faces would have been useful. Instead, there is nothing but text.
"Nicholas II" is a wonderful work of historical passion. Its lack of imagery hinders its effectiveness, though. In the end, history fans and casual readers alike will enjoy this volume for what it is: a terrific guide to Nicholas II presented in a concise format.
Many know of Czar Nicholas II as the last of the Russian czars, he and his family killed during the Russian Revolution. But there was more to Nicholas that simply being the 'czar', as originally it was his brother who was supposed to be the ruler, not him. If you're interested in learning more about Nicholas and why he failed as a leader, this is a good place to start.
A good summary of the life of a complex, troubled man. Interesting introduction for anyone not knowing about the life of this conflicted tsar. There's limited detail of Russia's involvement in WWI - and the poor decisions. His primary fault just seems to be that he was way out of this comfort zone and capabilities - just an accident of birth.
This book was a fascinating and easy to read book about the last Tsar of the Romanov dynasty. The author showed Nicholas's humanity and how his love for his family sometimes came over the love of Russia. I enjoyed reading how he interacted with the holy man, Rasputin, and how he finally met his end.
I would have liked to have read a little bit about his relations with his cousins, King George V of the UK and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the Russian Tsar and his family.