Nicholas and Alexandra Author:Robert K. Massie From the inside cover: "Their love cost an empire. — He was Nicholas II, absolute ruler of one-sixth of the earth and more than one hundred and twenty million people. She was Alexandra-his love, his wife, his Empress-beautiful, proud, and strong-willed. Theirs was a passionate drama of love and intense devotion, played out against a background of... more » huge palaces, lavish balls, and incomparable luxury.
Then, in 1904, their beloved young son first showed signs of the dread disease hemophilia. Only one man, the evil monk Rasputin, offered a promise of cure. Gradually this strange, obscene figure-half mystic, half satyr-gained mastery over the royal parents. And as the Tsar and the Empress grew ever more entangled in a labyrinth of court intrigue and private sorrows, the Russia they ruled moved unchecked toward the Revolution-and the final hour when the Royal Family would face their pitiless executioners..."« less