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am 4. April 2001
I first read this book by accident. I was staying at a friend's house for some time and it was on their book shelf, and without any particular interest in the topic I just started reading it.
Well, it wasn't difficult. I raced through the 600+ pages in record time; totally absorbed by the history, love stories and tragedies. No fiction writer could have ever dreamed up so much and been taken seriously.
Massie presents the epic in a totally unbiased, but sensitive manner. An absolute credit to him.
Read it! You won't be dissapointed. Learn all about not only the Russian monarchy, but also the interplay with the other monarchies throughout Europe. The young haemophiliatic heir, the totally mysterious Rasputin, World War I, the love story of Nicholas and Alexandra, the collapse of the Russian monarchy... you won't be able to put it down - I promise.