The Race to Save the Romanovs

The Race to Save the Romanovs

The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family

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"Investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the many international plots to save them, why they failed, and who was responsible. The murder of the Romanov family in July 1918 horrified the world and its aftershocks still reverberate today. In Putin's autocratic Russia, the Revolution itself is considered a crime and its one hundredth anniversary was largely ignored. In stark contrast, the centenary of the massacre of the Imperial Family will be a huge ceremony to be attended by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. While the murder itself has received major attention, what has never been investigated in detail are the various plots behind the scenes to save the family--on the part of their royal relatives, other governments, and Russian monarchists loyal to the Tsar. Rappaport refutes the accusation that the fault lies entirely with King George V, as has been the traditional claim for the last century. The responsibility for failing the Romanovs must be equally shared. The question of asylum for the Tsar and his family was an extremely complicated issue that presented enormous political, logistical and geographical challenges at a time when Europe was still at war. Like a modern-day detective, Helen Rappaport draws on new and never-before-seen sources from archives in the United States, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom, creating a powerful account of near misses and close calls with a heartbreaking conclusion. With its up-to-the-minute research, The Race to Save the Romanovs is sure to replace outdated classics as the final word on the fate of the Romanovs"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250151216
Branch Call Number: 947.083 RAP
Characteristics: xxviii, 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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EmilyEm
Oct 30, 2018

Rappaport digs deep to find new material in the saga surrounding the last Czar and his family, this time focusing on the politics promoting or discouraging their rescue even though they were relatives one way or another to most European royalty.

Having been intrigued by the Grand Duchess Anastasia story from childhood, I’ve read nearly all the popular books on this subject, including this author’s earlier ‘The Last Days of the Romanovs.’ While this one was too detailed even for a hardcore fan like me, I’m glad I read most of it. Good addition to the canon.

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TheresaAJ
Sep 24, 2018

As a serious historian, Rappaport has a very approachable writing style. Footnotes are kept to a minimum with notes and an extensive bibliography at the end of the book for those who want to know more. Her third book on the doomed family focuses on the politics and machinations that occurred behind the scenes in several "doomed-to-failure" escape plans. Since so many of the European monarchs of the time period were related via Queen Victoria, this story has elements of a bad family drama. Nicky (Tsar Nicholas II) is considered weak while Alix (Tsaritsa Alexandra) was bossy, unlikable, and considered the real power behind the throne. Willy (Kaiser Wilhelm II) is the family's bad boy and doesn't play well with others. Their spats, dreams of land expansion, and global dominance are played out across the European continent via World War I. While history has always blamed either George V of England or Kaiser Wilhem for not getting the Romanov family out of Russia, the author posits that they wouldn't have left anyway. This book is a fascinating look at a family that still fascinates people 100 years after their deaths.

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TheresaAJ
Sep 24, 2018

"As the Daily Telegraph noted as early as 1921: 'It remains ...to be proved, whether Nikolas II desired to leave Russia.'"

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