The Family Romanov

The Family Romanov

Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

eBook - 2014
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"[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918." —The Wall Street Journal

Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family's extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
"An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." —Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire
"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming's extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." —Booklist, Starred
"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman's Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin's Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction
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Publisher: Random House Children's Books


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Feb 06, 2021

Though shelved as a "teen" book, I can't imagine why any adult wouldn't grab this and settle in for an excellent, swift read on their favorite hapless tsar, his clueless wife, and their lovely doomed children. This book has it all as far as the landscape of what was transpiring in Russia during this time, and it folds expertly into the story of the family in a way a similar, far less interesting read, The Romanov Sisters (by Helen Rappaport) failed to. Smarten yourself up on historical insurrections, coups, abdications, and tragedy. This book is a most excellent read, even if you think you already know how it ends.

IndyPL_RyanD Dec 03, 2019

This book is a great read on the fall of the Romanov ruling family in Russia. The book is a great introduction for readers who may not be as familiar with the Romanovs and Russian History, and Candace Fleming writes in a very exciting and suspenseful manner. The author also documents the plight and poverty of Russian citizens, violence against Jewish people towards the end of the Romanov’s rule, and the military defeats of the Russian Army during World War I. As someone who does not know as much about Russian History, I appreciated that the author did not solely focus on the Romanovs.

ArapahoeTiegan Jul 23, 2018

A nice, easy to digest non-fiction book that follows the story of the Romanovs. Events are detailed that ultimately led to Nicholas abdicating and the family being imprisoned until their deaths in an easy-to-follow manner.

PLYMC_Jack_Simons Jun 26, 2018

Excellent read! Even though I knew what was going to happen, I kept rooting for the ending to be positive.

Apr 30, 2018

Verrrrry good book. I have wondered about the circumstances of the Romanov deaths and later sightings. Without having to read 800 pages with 200 Russian names to keep track of this book answered all my questions. I feel like I got a good picture of the family, the excesses of the ruling class, the ridiculous way WW1 got started, and who the "Reds", the "Whites" and the "Bolsheviks" are. Very good historical information that felt like a novel.

ArapahoeStaff11 May 22, 2017

This book is a good overview of the fall of Imperial Russia. It is a quick read and a great jumping off point for anyone interested in the Romanovs.

Jul 16, 2016

This is a very good book.

Jun 27, 2016

This book got me obsessed with the imperial family. I got so obsessed I used Tsar for many of my usernames.(Like this account)

natalie_g Apr 03, 2016

Maybe I'm a sucker for history-not maybe, I totally am-even so, this book was top notch. Fleming perfectly captured the imperial family in their truest forms. It wasn't overwhelmed with blood and gore, although there is some of that. She wanted to paint them with a more normal brush. Not just royals but a family. She did not forget the people! She gives a great account of Russian history. Just enough to hook you and encourage you to learn more. You can't beat that.

DiamondRiderHaroldTano Mar 27, 2016

An amazing and well written book, very similar to Steve Sheinkin's writings, and extremely informative. would recommend to anyone who love history. Kept me reading to the last page.

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LibraryK8 Sep 23, 2014

The beginning of the end of Romanov rule of Russia began with the ascension of Nicholas II. Ill prepared for the crown by his father, Nicholas depended heavily on his new wife Alexandra (married under the shadow of the death of Nicholas’ father their marriage was seen as a curse by the Russian people). Problems for the Romanovs multiplied when Alexandra, after several difficult pregnancies, produced only female heirs leaving the line of succession unsure. A disconnect from the government and the people, and an overdependence on Alexandra and her religious advisors, made Nicholas appear weak and indecisive. When their son Alexi was born, the couple thought all their trails were over…unwilling to acknowledge the revolution brewing in their country.
Living an idyllic, close-knit family life, the Romanov children were unaware of the turbulence outside their palace. As Russia entered World War II the patience of the people frayed. They formed their own representative government, a rebellion that Nicholas did not handle well taking all power away from the Duma before their first meeting. The people, incensed at the Tsar’s disregard for their rights to be heard rebelled again and were only sated when Nicholas abdicated the throne. Living in exile and house arrest, the Romanovs thought they would be able to live the quiet life they had always wanted. But as the White Army marched to Siberia to free the family, their Bolshevik guards rounded the family up in the basement and murdered them, disposing of the bodies in a marsh. The legend of the Romanovs would live on after their 300 year reign.


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JCLChrisK Nov 14, 2014

"The tsar offends the nation by what he allows to go on in the palace . . . while the country offends the tsar by its terrible suspicions. The result is the destruction of those centuries-old ties which have sustained Russia. And the cause of all this? The weakness of one man and one woman. . . . Oh, how terrible an autocracy without an autocrat!"

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