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This book is a must read for anyone wishing to understand why tsarism ended and what happened to the family after his resignation. It tells the story in an extremely readable and straight forward manner. Highly recommended.
This is such a well-written book. I've read several lengthy books about the Romanov family and I'm in awe of the brevity, yet thoroughness of this story. I really appreciated the fact that the author did NOT go back 300 years to explain the entire Romanov family. The author took us back enough to understand what the Romanov's believed and how they viewed ruling.
Nicholas II was a good man who was a poor leader. This book explains clearly his misunderstanding of the Russian people and his inability to look outside himself or his inner circle for solutions. He was blessed with an able partner but the two of them were used to autocratic rule, not compromise. This book explains that in 1991 when the USSR collapsed, the true info about the deaths of the Romanovs would be revealed. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church officially canonized the Romanov family as saints.
This book is exceptional in that it explains complex thoughts and ideas in a straightforward way, which makes for an easy understanding of a complex time.
This is one of my favorite historical topics so I was happy to see this book. The writing is crisp and clean as always and this book I felt was well targeted to only explaining things immediately relevant to Nicholas himself rather than starting way back in the beginnings of the Romanov Dynasty. It also had a balanced feel for a complicated man. Russia has had plenty of czars who were bad men but were "good" at ruling. Nicholas is one of the few we might call a good man who was bad at ruling. But the explanations and criticisms were fair. I think it serves as a good introduction to an important event in world history.
This concise history chronicles the evolution of the Russian Revolution and the end of a 300-year-old imperial dynasty. We learn of a cherished heir to the Russian throne who became the last tsar of the nation. This heir, Nicholas II, was raised under the influence of a mentor who championed nationalism, racism and religious intolerance which affected the relationship Nicholas had with the people of Russia.
The author walks us through the events impacting Nicholas from his young years until he took ownership of the throne. He was unprepared to rule and handled his proxy to intermediaries to rule. Such inattention resulted in disarray and cemented his reputation as a distant leader. Curiously, he was a strong leader when it came to foreign relations and foreign policy.
I invite you to read this publication as it will introduce you to the Russo-Japanese War which preceded WW I and the beginning of the Russian Revolution with the event known as Bloody Sunday.
Downloaded this book not sure what to expect. My eyes were opened to a part of history I knew nothing about. The story touches on Nicholas ll life from childhood to his tragic death. He was I'll equipped to handle ruling a country already in turmoil. He did the best he could with what was given him but sadly to many it was not enough. The writer of this book did an excellent job telling Nicholas ll story.
I love reading about anyone’s life. I have never read about Nicholas the second until I receive this book and I must I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I miss Lee enjoy captivating histories short but full of detailed books. It even touched on World War II and I find no matter who the book is about they always find a way to make them seem human. I totally enjoyed this book.
This is an interesting book telling about the good and the bad of Nicholas II. The part of his life that hurt him the most politically was his inability to compromise on certain things and his non-effectiveness in certain situations. It wasn't until 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed that a lot of important details about his life came to light.
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
I have a number of books on Nicholas, Alexandria, and Rasputin. Therefore I only skimmed over this reading that was attached to the Romanov Dynasty. But what I did read was a very interesting synapses of all the books I spent days reading. As with all Captivating History books, you get enough information to see if you want to read farther into the subject.
Nicolas the last Tsar of Russia had a very abnormal rule . Him being the ruler of such a large country proved difficult. The tide of revolution was in the air which led to his downfall. A tragic event in Russian history with their family’s execution & details of his reign are still being debated today by historians .
This is the tragic story of the last czar of Russia, Czar Nicholas Ii. Ill prepared for the role that he was about to take, he was destined to lead Russia during the most turbulent and challenging times in its history. He married his childhood sweetheart, Alexandra, was a devoted family man, and was faithful to his country. But Russia soon became swept up into a world war, and the Russian Revolution. It is a beautifully written, engrossing, and tragic story, that holds your attention from beginning to end. Highly recommended.