The Last Tsarina

Book - 2001
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Taking advantage of material unavailable until the fall of the Soviet Union, Erickson portrays Alexandra's story as a closely observed, enthrallingly documented, progressive psychological retreat from reality.
The lives of the Romanovs were full of color and drama, but the personal life of Alexandra has remained enigmatic. Under Erickson's masterful scrutiny the full dimensions of the Empresses' singular psychology are revealed: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to attain her romantic goal of marriage to Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, her struggles with her in-laws, her false pregnancy, her increasing eccentricities and loss of self as she became more preoccupied with matters of faith, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, long practiced skill, and generous imagination, Erickson crafts a character who lives and breathes.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's : 2001
ISBN: 9780312253073
Branch Call Number: 947.083 AL27e
Characteristics: 372p illus


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Oct 20, 2011

Although we basically all know the story to some degree, this book takes a more detailed look at the Tsarina her self, from her upbringing to her final days. It's really well-researched and well-written. When dealing with historical figures or difficult subjects, sometimes the author can make a book overly-complicated. This author does not. She's clear, precise and sure of her facts. A really interesting book.

Nov 06, 2008

This is an extremely enjoyable read for those who love biographies .... it is a moving story of a lady at the centre of much conflict. I recommend this book to everyone who asks.

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