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    Helen Rappaport(Author)

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On July 4, 1918, a new commandant took control of a closely guarded house in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg. His name was Yakov Yurovsky, and his prisoners were the Imperial family: the former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey. Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room.



This is the story of those murders, which ended 300 years of Romanov rule and set their stamp on an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.



Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs counts down to the last , tense hours of the family's lives, stripping away the over-romanticised versions of previous accounts. The story focuses on the family inside the Ipatiev House, capturing the oppressive atmosphere and the dynamics of a group - the Romanovs, their servants and guards - thrown together by extraordinary events.



Marshalling overlooked evidence from key witnesses such as the British consul to Ekaterinburg Sir Thomas Preston, British and American travellers in Siberia and the now-forgotten American journalist Herman Bernstein, Helen Rappaport gives a brilliant account of the political forces swirling through the remote Urals town. She conveys the tension of the watching world: the Kaiser of Germany and George V, King of England - both, like Alexandra, grandchildren of Queen Victoria - their nations locked in combat as the first world war drew to its bitter end. And she draws on recent releases from the Russian archives to challenge the view that the deaths were a unilateral act by a maverick group of the Ekaterinburg Bolsheviks, identifying a chain of command that stretches directly, she believes, to Moscow - and to Lenin himself.



Telling the story in a compellingly new and dramatic way, Ekaterinburg brings those final tragic days vividly alive against the backdrop of Russia in turmoil, on the brink of a devastating civil war.

"That perfect but rare blend of history, sense of place, human tragedy, drama and atmosphere" (Susan Hill)"A moving and factual account of the family's last days... Helen Rappaport has brought her subjects back to life with a sombre intensity, focusing on the last fortnight of their verifiable existence in their claustrophobic mansion prison... A deeply touching anniversary tribute." (Independent on Sunday)"Helen Rappaport follows the principal characters over the 13 days leading up to the murders. She skilfully weaves together the grimly repetitive routine of the doomed family with the high drama engulfing the killers as they added the finishing touches to their terrible plan... Rappaport's countdown format makes Ekaterinburg freshly compelling..." (New Statesman)"Rappaport has uncovered fascinating details of the local politicking and pressures to apply a final coup de grace. She shows how Lenin was closely consulted on the decision to kill the family, but took great care to cover his links... Rappaport has succeeded in capturing a frenetic, terrifying period of modern history and showing how a brutal, but human, man and his family became victims of the pent-up fury of the people he had systematically ground underfoot." (Sunday Tribune (Ireland))"... Well researched...Helen Rappenport successfully evokes the claustrophobic atmosphere within the house." (Saturday Telegraph)

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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Helen Rappaport(Author)
  • Hutchinson; 2nd Impression edition (5 Jun. 2008)
  • English
  • 3
  • History

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  • By Guest on 13 August 2017

    A well written book which provides a comprehensive insight into how the last tsar and his family were dealt with after his abdication and the political machinations behind the ultimate decision to kill the family. A very poignant story which is worth reading.

  • By Lindsey Walker on 24 July 2017

    This was really interesting and humanised the family very well. However at times it felt that the author was trying too hard to sugar coat the family and stress what a great husband and father Nicholas was, he may well have been but that doesn't change the way he behaved towards his people and what led to them being in that situation. That aside, you sympathise with the family and the descriptions of their final hour are chilling and very moving.

  • By Quirky on 13 March 2016

    Brilliant, well written, well researched, as gripping as a novel. You feel you are there with the Romanovs experiencing those last chilling days of July 1918. (Only downside, I had nightmares after reading!). I finished this book and immediately bought another by the same author. This is how history should be written.

  • By Guest on 30 July 2017

    It was a book that went into the details of the last days ,the story's of any that were not killed ,done away with ,

  • By Bookworm on 19 February 2017

    A brilliant book.

  • By witchy on 26 August 2017

    Brilliant book. There are some information in the book that I never knew.


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