In this commanding book, Robert K Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs. Nicholas's political naivete, Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis's brave struggle with haemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history – the story of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.
Head of Zeus * Biography
01 Jan 2013 * 928pp * £4.99 * 9781781850565
'A moving, rich and densely documented account of the last Romanovs. The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it'
'Wonderfully rich tapestry ... they come vividly alive before our eyes'
New York Times
'A magnificent and intimate picture ... the main characters [and] a whole era become alive and comprehensible'
The brutal murder of the entire family is described by Massie in matter-of-fact but full details, and is especially poignant after reading a book in which these figures are brought so vividly to life. Highly recommended for royalists'
History of Royals
Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His books include Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), Catherine the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.