In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a grave in Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar where the last Tsar and his family were murdered seventy-three years before. Were these the Romanovs? The Romanovs: The Final Chapter provides the answer, going back to the horrifying moments of slaughter, revealing the guilt and cover-up by ...
In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a grave in Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar where the last Tsar and his family were murdered seventy-three years before. Were these the Romanovs? The Romanovs: The Final Chapter provides the answer, going back to the horrifying moments of slaughter, revealing the guilt and cover-up by Lenin, then describing in dramatically suspenseful detail the efforts of post-Communist Russia to find the bodies and discover the truth. Written almost as a detective thriller, the story includes a panoramic and colourful gallery of contemporary figures, from US Secretary of State James Baker, Russian president Boris Yeltsin and Lord Mountbatten, to fiercely antagonistic forensic experts and DNA scientists from Russia, America and Britain. Because two skeletons - those of the tsar's son and one of his daughters - were missing from the grave, all the tantalizing tales of reappeared pretenders again loomed large. Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than sixty years in newspapers, books, films, ballets, really Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs: The Final Chapter answers this question too. Robert K. Massie's classic Nicholas and Alexander brought the Russian Imperial family magnificently to life and sold more than four million copies. It is natural that this master storyteller should be the one to write the final chapter to this historical tragedy.
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-23 A recounting of recent controversies in Russia over the burial of the remains of the last imperial family, killed during the Communist revolution. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-08-21 In death as in life, the last imperial Romanovs cause controversy. Their bones remain in the Ekaterinburg morgue because of disagreements within the Russian bureaucracy, within the Russian Orthodox Church at home and abroad and among the Romanov descendants over burial sites, canonization and whether to inter with the family their servants who were murdered with them. The squabbling is unseemly, as Massie (Nicholas and Alexandra) shows vividly in his discerning book based on interviews and a close reading of the literature of the revolution. He recreates the slaughter of Alexandra, Nicholas and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia and Alexis, family physician Eugene Botkin, valet Trupp, maid Anna Demidova and cook Kharitonov on the night of July 16-17, 1918, at the Ipatiev House in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg. For some 60 years, the whereabouts of their bodies remained a mystery, until a retired Siberian geologist and a Moscow filmmaker found four skulls that they kept secret until 1989, when glasnost made revelation possible. Then began the exploitation, which, as Massie relates the story, will leave readers astonished and angry: scientists who identified the bones criticized one another's expertise for questionable motives, and the cities of Ekaterinburg and Petersburg are still quarreling over custody of the remains and the Romanov descendants over the manner of burial. Although the bones of two of the royals have not been found-Alexis, and either Marie or Anastasia-the evidence Massie presents discredits the ``survivors'' of the Ekaterinburg massacre, primarily Anna Anderson, who, until her death in 1984, claimed to be Anastasia. The average Russian, at least according to Massie, may be indifferent to the bones, but readers of his account most certainly will not be. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to the New Yorker; BOMC featured selection. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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