The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

The Romanovs The Final Chapter In July nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg Siberia a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy t

In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy three years before But were these the bones of the Romanovs And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the resIn July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy three years before But were these the bones of the Romanovs And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for than sixty years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia The Romanovs provides the answers, describing in suspenseful detail the dramatic efforts to discover the truth Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K Massie presents a colorful panorama of contemporary characters, illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans, whose findings, along with those of DNA scientists from Russia, America, and Great Britain, all contributed to solving one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century.

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  1. Robert Kinloch Massie born 1929 is an American historian, writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and a Rhodes Scholar.Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929, Massie spent much of his youth in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in Westchester County, New York in the village of Irvington He studied American history at Yale University and modern European history at Oxford University on his Rhodes Scholarship Massie went to work as a journalist for Newsweek from 1959 to 1964 and then took a position at the Saturday Evening Post.After he and his family left America for France, Massie wrote and published his breakthrough book, Nicholas and Alexandra, a biography of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra of Hesse, and their family and cultural political milieu Massie s interest in the Tsar s family was triggered by the birth of his son, the Rev Robert Kinloch Massie, who suffers from hemophilia, a hereditary disease that also afflicted the last Tsar s son, Alexei In 1971, the book was the basis of an Academy Award winning film of the same title In 1995, in his book The Romanovs The Final Chapter, Massie updated Nicholas and Alexandra with much newly discovered information.In 1975, Robert Massie and his then wife Suzanne chronicled their experiences as the parents of a hemophiliac child and the significant differences between the American and French health care systems in their jointly written book, Journey.Massie won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Peter the Great His Life and World This book inspired a 1986 NBC mini series that won three Emmy Awards, Peter the Great TV Series and starred Maximilian Schell, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave.

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  1. Edit 5th Nov 2017 At the end of my review I have inserted a link given to me by Jan Maat At midnight, Yakov Yurovsky, the leader of the executioners, came up the stairs to awaken the family Thus begins Robert K Massie s very interesting and well researched account of the infamous murders of the Romanov family, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra as well as their son and four daughters in the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg, Russia in the early hours of the 17th July, 1918 Using the simples [...]

  2. I have sad news Anastasia is dead Long dead She died back in 1918 in a basement with her family I am now convinced of this Despite all the movies and claimants, she did not survive and escape Meaning there is no hidden princess out there in the world No unassuming person about to be uncovered and lavished with luxuries Even crushing, the probability that I am in fact a hidden princess is greatly diminished My ten year old self is devastated In fifth grade, we had to script and act out an interv [...]

  3. Very, very good, although I must say, having read Nicholas and Alexandra previously was of immense help and is probably the best way to go about reading this.

  4. Roused from their beds at midnight, the bleary Imperial family is told they must move to the lower floors of the home in which they have been imprisoned There is worry the local unrest will result in gunfire there is a danger of stray bullets penetrating the quarters upstairs They rise They dress It all makes an inconvenient sort of sense They have heard the rumblings of artillery in the distance And so they calmly descend to a dingy basement room where they are instructed to arrange themselves [...]

  5. This book is a departure for Robert Massie who has produced some extraordinarily readable research on the Romanovs The book is history his forte but it is also journalism and a discussion of forensic science and law.As a history buff, the beginning and ending parts were of most interest to me Massie starts with a careful documentation of the murders of the Tsar and his family and how the news was managed by the Russian revolutionaries The end deals with fate of other branches of the Romanovs Ove [...]

  6. The Romanovs The Final Chapter reads like an elegy and a true crime novel It is, by turns, both darkly horrific and deeply moving It s also a really great supplement to Nicholas and Alexandra I read the latter over the holidays and was completely swept away Robert K Massie has an uncanny talent for making 500 pages of pre Revolutionary Russian history just fly by In fact, he s become one of my favorite biographers The Romanovs The Final Chapter is no different It takes place shortly after the Ro [...]

  7. I had hoped that this book would give an intimate look at the last days of the family and just how they got to where they were before they were killed The book did cover this very briefly, but mostly it focused on the aftermath, of finding the bones in the grave, of debunking the imposters, petty turf wars among the scientific community in their search for the truth, and petty disagreements of the remaining family members of just who is really the head of the family now that the original family [...]

  8. I found myself disappointed in this book I probably would ve been better off to have read Nicholas Alexandra first I appreciated the amount of time put into the detail of the forensic research What I didn t like was the amount of time given to the imposters, particularly after it was revealed that they couldn t be who they said they were.

  9. I have been an avid reader of anything having to do with the Romanov family for years When I discovered this book, I must say I was ecstatic to finally see some scientific evidence pertaining to the tragic fall of the Last Tsar and his family Yes That is exactly what this book provides It describes years and years of research and archaeological work done in Russia both through historical documents and field work done in the supposed burial sites of the Romanov bodies The evidence found is fascin [...]

  10. Having just read and loved Robert K Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra, I pounced on this one with somewhat unseemly glee Alas, this was mostly about a group of academics squabbling over old bones and just it didn t grab me Bottom line spoiler view spoiler Anastasia died with the other Romanovs and the woman who claimed to be Anastasia was a phony hide spoiler If you are interested in an updated version of the DNA testing, Google Romanov, bones

  11. After rereading the author s Nicholas and Alexandra first published in 1967 I decided to pick this up for on the Romanovs It was published in 1995 and some significant discoveries were made after this date including the discovery of the bones of Alexei and Maria And the chapters on Anna Anderson who thought herself Anastasia and the Romanov relations got a little tedious But Massie is an excellent writer and I learned interesting details of the Romanov story.

  12. Give strength, Just God, to us who need it,The persecutors to forgive,Our heavy, painful cross to carryAnd Thy great meekness to achieve.When we are plundered and insultedIn days of mutinous unrestWe turn for help to Thee, Christ Savior,That we may stand the bitter test.Lord of the world, God of Creation,Give us Thy blessing through our prayerGive peace of heart to us, O Master,This hour of utmost dread to bear.And on the threshold of the graveBreathe power divine into our clayThat we, Thy child [...]

  13. I have no other person to credit for my interest in the Romanovs, Russian history and Russia itself than Robert K Massie I first read his book Nicholas and Alexandra when I was about seven years old, and although much of it was way over my head, it remained among my all time favorites, and I ve reread it numerous times over the years The Final Chapter takes my interest a hundred times farther by finishing the story as best as Massie could in the 1990s post Soviet collapse.The Final Chapter reads [...]

  14. Warning Not for the squeamish reader, this book contains detailed descriptions of the bodies of the murdered Tzar, his family and three of their loyal servants When reading the passages related to the forensic analysis, I felt quite uncomfortable In 1918, news of the tragic death of the Romanov shocked the world, since then, many have tried to solve the mystery regarding what happened The book tells the story in four parts the first focuses on the search and identification of the human remains o [...]

  15. Written in 1995, at the time of publication, only nine of the eleven bodies of the Romanov family and their servants were found In 2007, the bodies of young Alexei and his sister Maria were discovered.Massie is the author of the classic, well documented and meticulously researched book Nicholas and Alexandra Obviously, still interested in the fate of Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their five children, Massie, tenaciously pursued the details surrounding the discovery of the remains in a wood [...]

  16. The Romanovs chronicles the discovery and identification of nine sets of bones found in a shallow grave near Ekaterinburg, where Tsar Nicholas and his family spent their final days Massie, author of Nicholas and Alexandra, had been very outspoken in renouncing all those who claimed to be the Tsarevich Alexei or the Grand Duchess Anastasia throughout the 20th century, so of course he had a keen interest in this find.Several reviews criticize this book for lacking background information necessary [...]

  17. I have long had a fascination with the Imperial Romanov family of Russia I first encountered the history of the last Tsar many years ago through Robert Massie s book Nicholas and Alexandra In the past several years, many gorgeous books have been published, full of photos I can hardly resist the opportunity to lose myself in the magnificent art, architecture, costume, and other details of the time Every once in a while, I choose a book that takes me back to these times and enhances my learning.Th [...]

  18. Kind of gruesome in some parts, although you probably won t think so if you re a fan of CSI or NCIS or any of those forensic crime shows Also, it was published before some of the mysteries were solved or certain things were decided, even though people were in the process, and it hasn t been updated to include the solutions to any of the situations, if any Other than that, it s really interesting, and in most cases, each person s point of view is represented fully and objectively I enjoyed learni [...]

  19. This is an interesting book Provides a good insight into the surviving Romanovs but is a bit heavy on the forensic science in parts.

  20. I misunderstood the blurb for this book and was expecting details of the last days of the Romanovs Instead it is book about forensic science and the search for old bones If that is what you want then this book is fine I was disappointed.

  21. I got this book from the library thinking it would be about the final chapter of the lives of the Romanovs Instead, it was about the final chapter of their deaths That of course is my own fault for not figuring out what the book was before borrowing it from the library But despite my surprise at the premise and the book not being quite what I was looking for, I found it really interesting Solving this mystery with science and history had a lot interpersonal drama and races to hold press confere [...]

  22. 4.5Such an intricately written, researched and thought out novel, from the byzantine mind of Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert K Massie The start drags a little I mean, this is quite literally a book all about the methods of which the Romanov family were buried and the long process to identify the bones but it eventually picks up, when Massie begins to chronicle the curious case of Anna Anderson Anastasia Manahan and all the other charlatans mentally ill people convinced they were one of the [...]

  23. My only quibble with this book is the title While this book is about the Romanovs around the time of the 1917 revolution, the imprisonment and murders of the Tsar and his family, the bulk of the book is about the Anastasia pretenders, and particularly about Anna Anderson Anna Monahan Purely by accident I met two of the pretenders whose photos appear in this book In 1974 my husband and I were invited to accompany another couple to a cocktail party in honor of Eugenia Smith, from Illinois, who our [...]

  24. Where I ve torn through Massie s other books, this one took me quite a while to finish Extremely informative as always, but the emphasis of the first third of the book is on the science and confusion of determining the bones of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, the 2nd third is on the legal challenges to the bones as well as the legal proceedings of several imposters family members and others and the final third regards the descendants and claims to the nonexistent crown Everything is interesting [...]

  25. The follow up to the highly addictive Nicholas and Alexandra was equally riveting While the first book was published long before any remains were discovered, the second book explores the unearthing of the royal family s final resting place, the authentication of the bones, the contention of a variety involved parties and the mystery of whether there were any survivors The first part of the book dealt with the identification of the remains I had to slow down a bit to really absorb the various tes [...]

  26. 4.5 5An absolute must read for anyone interested in not only the Romanovs, but also Russian history or forensic science.I recently returned from living in St Petersburg where I visited the mass grave of the Romanovs and their servants in Peter and Paul Fortress, saw icons of Nicholas II as saint martyr in several churches, and watched news reports on memorial services held in Ekaterinburg on the anniversary of the murder If you ve experienced Russia or read a lot of Russian history, you understa [...]

  27. A very beautiful book that provides lots of details about the final night in the life of Tsar Nicholas II Romanov and his family and the few others were with them, the murder of the family in 1918 and its aftermath, and the discovery of nine of the eleven bodies of the Romanov family the other two were discovered in 2007 , and the following scientific investigations The book is a kind of detailed account of the investigations forensic, lab test, DNA, etc took place in order to find and identify [...]

  28. This book begins at the end of the Romanov story, with their execution in Ekaterinburg in 1917 It is effectively about what happened afterwards the discovery of the gravesite, the attempts to identify the bodies, the mystery over the missing bodies, the various individuals claiming over the years to be the missing Tsarevich and Anastasia, such as the famous Anna Anderson, the political factions fighting for control of the bodies, the fate of the surviving Romanovs.It s a very good read, although [...]

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