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Alexandra: The Last Tsarina
Alexandra The Last Tsarina
Author: Carolly Erickson
ISBN-13: 9780312302382
ISBN-10: 031230238X
Publication Date: 9/1/2002
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
This is an amazing book about a fascinating and tragic woman.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book is awesome!! Got me hooked on historical biographies and wanting to get my hands on anything about the Romanovs. Lush descriptions, richly detailed. I could go on but I won't. This is a must read.
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Helpful Score: 1
An okay read. Took me a while to finish it
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Tsarina Alexandra--hauntingly beautiful, melancholy, obsessed with the occult--was blamed by her contemporaries for the downfall of the Romanovs. But her true nature has eluded previous biographers. Using archival material unavailable before the fall of the Soviet Union, acclaimed historian Carolly Erickson's masterful study brings to life the full dimensions of the Empress's singular psycology: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to marry Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, Erickson has crafted an intimate and richly detailed portrait of an enigmatic historical figure. Unfolding against the turbulent backdrop of Russian history in the last decades before the Revolution of 1917, this engrossing biography draws the reader into Alexandra's isolated, increasingly troubled interior world. In these pages, the tsarina ceases to be a remote historical figure and becomes a character who lives and breathes.

Intimate, rich in detail, carefully researched, and informed by a generous imagination, Erickson's page--turning account of Alexandra and her times is a gem of biographical storytelling, as vivid and hard to put down as an enthralling novel.