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am 20. Juli 1998
This book has a lot going for it: the portrait of the Romanov family's last days is touching, and the account of their execution is factual and truly horrific. (As the author of "Nicholas and Alexandra," Massie clearly wears his heart on his sleeve, but the story is appalling enough on its own merits: Nicholas may have been arrogant, stubborn, and a political idiot, but his family certainly didn't deserve a brutal death.) The author's exposition of how the bones were found and identified is thorough and clear, if a bit dry, and his explanation of "Anna Anderson" and her history is authoritative and convincing. He's also very good at explaining how DNA typing works.
On the other hand, when he describes the disputes over who was entitled to examine the bones and do the DNA work on them, the author becomes partisan. I felt that his attack on DNA expert Mary-Claire King was highly unfair: it's evident that she realized that the situation was t! urning into Dueling DNA Analysts and didn't want her employees wasting their time on it, so accusing her of failing to keep promises she never made is petty and mean-spirited. The author's spitefulness in this section mars what is otherwise a balanced, objective account of the discovery and identification of the bones. With this reservation, I'd recommend the book as a thorough and convincing description of how the Romanov bones were found and identified, and essential reading for anyone who is curious about the issues raised by their recent burial.
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am 27. Mai 2000
The recovery of the Romanovs' remains was bedeviled by political infighting on every level. Churches, governments, and scientists turned what should have been a solemn homecoming into a backdrop for petty internecine fights. Massie cuts through all this petty bickering and provides the reader with a clear, concise account of the recovery of the bones and their eventual interment.
Those who enjoyed _Nicholas and Alexandra_ will find this book the perfect companion, but I recommend this book to anyone interested in Russian history, politics, or religion.
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am 15. Januar 1997
There are no other historical figures that have captured my attention as the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia have. To me, they are really tragic figures as both were thrown into a political office they were not prepared for and did not even enjoy. Yet in the midst of this, their family values and the love between Nicholas and Alexandra and their children has really been made evident. My heart breaks for the family and I have a really great admiration for them. While I was already aware of the details of the family's death, Massie's book really shed some light as to the developments that occured once their bodies were found. It is an interesting and informative piece of work that obviously had alot of research invested in it. It was interesting to learn about the whole process of testing the bones for authenticity and to learn of all the different parties and political twists involved. What I have found a little bit tedious, however, was the chapters detailing the court case on the release of Anna Anderson's tissues. However, I guess in order to give a full picture, all the information was needed. It is definitely a book anyone with even the slightest interest in the Romanov's or even the mystery surrounding their murders should read. By Tamara Williams, umwilli4@cc.umanitoba.c
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am 23. April 2000
This is one of my favorite non-fiction books, told with considerable style and excitement as it bounces back and forth between events in 1918, the 1980's and the present. Massie knows his subject, but more than that, he is a skilled writer.
Perhaps the book's true significance is that it finally puts an end to the 20th century debate about Anna Andersen, the "imposter" who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Massie covers the hilariously beaurocratic court case involving the ownership of Andersen's diseased small intestines (!) as well as the definitive DNA tests which proved her to be a mentally ill Polish factory worker, not a Romanov (she couldn't even SPEAK Russian!). And as for the idiots (my term) who STILL refuse to believe that Andersen was Anastasia, Massie offers one of the most balanced statements ever made about this intriqing mystery. Although Anna Andersen was not Anastasia, Massie says, her life nonetheless WAS extraordinary and she lent color to the 20th Century.
All around, a great mystery written by a classy guy.
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am 21. August 1997
This was truly a great book, an excellent resource
for anyone who's always been interested by the story of Nicholas, Alexandra, and their family, but has always wanted to know the final chapter of the mystery. Beginning with the discovery of the Romanov remains, Massie traces the diplomatic, scientific, and political paths that are taken in the course of learning more about the immediate aftermath of the death of the Russian Imperial family.

Highlighted is the genetic testing undergone by the remains, as well as good explanations of the proceedures; the political negotiations in a post-Soviet Russia to ensure correct identification of the bones; and the power play between Romanov family members, members of the investigating teams, and the political leaders. As well, insight is gained on the court cases of pretenders.

For anyone interested in the period surrounding the Russian Revolution, this work provides a modern-day postscript to the historical questions of that period. Highly recommended.
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am 20. Oktober 1999
Massie relates two fascinating stories: the first involves finding the remains of the family of Russia's last Czar, and the second recounts the assertion of Anna Andersen to be the Czar's youngest daughter, Anastasia.
In order to find the remains, layers of lies and bureaucracy must be untangled. Once unearthed, the task of identifying the bodies becomes a test of both science and diplomacy.
The question of whether Anastasia survived the Russian Revolution proves to be fiercely debated. Personalities from all over the globe are involved in the discussion. Massie relates the various positions in an even-handed fashion and brings compelling scientific evidence to bear.
The final chapter of the Romanovs proves that non-fiction can be more spellbinding than fiction. A must-read for anyone interested in Russia, forensic science, or well-crafted non-fiction. I liked Massie's _Nicholas and Alexandra_, but I LOVED this book.
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am 26. Januar 1999
I found the book for the most part fascinating and intriguing, especially the details in the first 2 parts, the execution, the cover up, the finding of the bones and the identification. There were some parts here that were a bit tedious for the non scientist but necessary to the solution. The only part that really got endlessly tedious was the court fighting over the tissue samples of Anna Anderson, the claimant. All I wanted to know a that point was, is she or isn't she for heaven's sake? Being fascinated with geneology, the chapter on the living Romanovs was most interesting, but I feel the biggest flaw of the book was not including a 'family tree'. It drove me nuts! I had to try to make my own. The last chapter bringing the reader back to the begining was the most moving of all.
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am 15. Januar 2000
A very well-researched and extremely interesting book that provides many answers to what really happened after the massacre of the Romanov family. The book is fascinating simply for its chapters on Anna Anderson alone. Massie, however continues to do what he did in his previous book about the Romanovs: he tends to sugar-coat their lives, giving them an unrealistic, fairy-tale existence, rather than letting the family's true personality shine through. I also agree with the previous reviewer who said that a family tree would have been a nice addition! Still, very interesting and well-worth the investment.
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am 4. Mai 2000
After I had finished reading this book, I was not at all disappointed. The topic was well-researched by Massie. I could really sense a connection between the topic and Massie. I felt as if I was reading a mystery story.Massie displayed the same intimacy he had with the subject matter, as he did in _Nicholas and Alexandra_(another masterpiece written by Massie).The first chapter actually moved me to tears. When he started the section on the tests run on the remains found in Ekaterinburg, it was like I was watching a documentary, because his characterizations were so vivid. I strongly recommend this book.
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am 27. Januar 2000
Massie describes all events following the discovery of the czar's remains in scientific detail. He also manages to keep the readers attention through a thorough discussion of DNA. The Imperial family comes alive once more through this book, and one wonders what punishment the Russian people would inflict upon Lenin today for his horrible deed. The subject of Britain's royal relations to the Romanovs is also discussed. Massie's description of DNA disproving the claim of Anna Anderson is also quite compelling.
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