- Tapa dura: 640 páginas
- Editor: Head of Zeus (1 de enero de 2013)
- Colección: Great Lives
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1908800267
- ISBN-13: 978-1908800268
- Valoración media de los clientes: 3 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº803.587 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Nicholas and Alexandra: The Tragic, Compelling Story of the Last Tsar and his Family (Great Lives) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 ene 2013
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'A moving, rich and densely documented account of the last Romanovs. The tale is so bizarre, no melodrama is equal to it.' Newsweek.
'Wonderfully rich tapestry...they come vividly alive before our eyes.' New York Times.
'A magnificent and intimate picture...the main characters [and] a whole era become alive and comprehensible' Harpers.
Reseña del editor
A superbly crafted and humane portrait of the last days – and last rulers – of the Russian Empire.
Complementing his Pulitzer prize-winning Peter the Great, in this commanding book Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of imperial Russia to tell the story of the decline and fall of the ruling Romanov family: Tsar Nicholas II's political naivete;his wife Alexandra's obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin;and their son Alexis's battle with haemophilia.
Against a lavish backdrop of luxury and intrigue, Massie unfolds a family tragedy played out on the brutal stage of early twentieth-century Russian history – the tale of a doomed empire and the death-marked royals who watched it crumble.Ver Descripción del producto
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1. The depth and reach of Nicholas and Alexandra's religiosity. Deeply Russian Orthodox in their faith, this dimension of their daily lives was both profound and omnipresent.
2. The marriage of Nicholas and Alexandra...An extraordinarily loving (sensual, spiritual, and familial) partnership; admirable and enviable in their love for each other and for their children.
3. Alexi's hemophilia...Because their parenthood was primary, and because hemophilia was then such a horrid disease, Alexi's disease may well have been - in terms of their personal and political survival - the straw that broke the camel's back.
4.Rasputin....One of history's most unforgettable and unforgivable characters....A manipulator par excellence, he came, by reason of Alexi's hemophilia, to control Alexandra, who came to control Nicholas..... He may have been - we will never know - the lynchpin that brought an end to the Romanov dynasty.
5. Their life, their wealth...In many ways, until 1917, and excluding the family tragedy (Alexi's hemophilia), they lived surrounded by every comfort that wealth could provide, and yet, as far as Massie could see, they never lost their human touch....
6. The drama....Beginning in 1905 with the disaster of the Russo-Japanese War, and culminating in the Russian army's loss-after-loss-after-loss in WWI, this is ultimately and also a story of unfathomable social and political and human horror. Literally, millions upon millions were swept into this imbroglio.
7. The end....Ultimately caught and trapped in the Soviet web, the entire family, noble and lovable to the end, was murdered in the basement of a house in Siberia.
Above all, this is the story of a family, the warm, human and heart-wrenching story of a family unsuited and unprepared (who could have been prepared?) for the excruciating multiple calamities that befell them. But, beyond that, it was a tragedy that transcended them...and touched every Russian soul, and touches us still today.
What a gift to all of us this magnificent book is!