This is an older book, but it is still to this day, THE book to read if you are at all interested in the story of Nicholas and Alexandra. Their story is more fascinating, more interesting that any bestseller fiction could ever hope to be. This is no dry, for professors only, type history book!
Massie did a good job telling the story of the last tsar and tsarina of Russia. The book is well-written and is not a "just the facts" telling but it is more of a tragic tale of what happened to the leaders of a nation that were so out of touch with the people of that nation.
This is a history of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia. Being a history buff, I enjoyed it immensely, and have read it more than once. If you would like to see the faces of the people behind the fall of the Russian empire, pre-Soviet Union, try this.
As another reviewer put it, this story has everything: drama, murder, mystery, romance, war. And it's all true! As usual, Massie manages to distill Russian history into an intriguing narrative. I couldn't put this book down, and I feel that I came away from it with a much better understanding of Russian and early Soviet history.
He was Tsar Nicholas II, shy, handsome ruler of one-sixth of the earth and more than 120 million Russian people. She was Alix, the golden-haired German princess. Deeply in love, a perfect storybook couple, they presided over a glittering world of opulent palaces, lavish balls, and incomparable luxury. Then their cherished son Alexis was born. His hemophilia led to their tragic entanglement with the evil monk Rasputin and finally swept them from their fairy-tale existence to the dark cellar room where the entire royal family, including the famous Anastasia, would face their pitiless executioners.
Moving, tragic, unforgettable, here is Robert K. Massie's account of an extraordinary imerial dynasty. A doomed empire, and a revolution that would inexorably change the world forever.