Magdalena’s January Recommendation

The Family Romanov:  Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

family romanovMagdalena says:  “I’d like to recommend The Family Romanov:  Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming.  This book describes the lives–and the tragic deaths–of the last tsar and his wife and children, but it also explains the details of the poor economic conditions and political events that led to the downfall of the Russian autocracy.  Fleming does an excellent job of portraying the extreme hardships of the common people’s lives under the tsar’s rule without demonizing Nicholas II or the Romanov family.  The Family Romanov is an enjoyable read for anyone who is interested either in the personal lives of the Romanov family or in twentieth-century Russian political history.”

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