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McNeal, Shay. The Secret Plot to Save the Tsar: New Truths Behind the Romanov Mystery. HarperCollins, 2003. ISBN 978-0-06-051755-7 Over the years, a number of people claimed to be survivors of the ill-fated family. In May 1979, the remains of most of the family and their retainers were found by amateur enthusiasts, who kept the discovery secret until the collapse of the Soviet Union.  In July 1991, the bodies of five family members (the Tsar, Tsarina, and three of their daughters) were exhumed.  After forensic examination  and DNA identification (partly aided by mitochondrial DNA samples from Prince Philip, a great-nephew of Alexandra),  the bodies were laid to rest with state honors in the St. Catherine Chapel of the Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, where most other Russian monarchs since Peter the Great lie.  Boris Yeltsin and his wife attended the funeral along with Romanov relations, including Prince Michael of Kent. The Holy Synod opposed the government's decision in February 1998 to bury the remains in the Peter and Paul Fortress, preferring a "symbolic" grave until their authenticity had been resolved.  As a result, when they were interred in July 1998, they were referred to by the priest conducting the service as "Christian victims of the Revolution" rather than the imperial family.  Patriarch Alexy II, who felt that the Church was sidelined in the investigation, refused to officiate at the burial and banned bishops from taking part in the funeral ceremony.  The Russian president Boris Yeltsin described the murder of the royal family as one of the most shameful chapters in Russian history.  
The Romanovs: The Story of Russia and its Empire 1613-1918
One of the best books I've read this year. Utterly captivating. I'm ashamed to admit I'm not real up on my world history, particularly this time period, or for that matter, Russia. I mean, Russia...Within that time he would be a witness to one of the most remarkable and tragic events of modern history as a close-knit family was torn apart and executed in the midst of the Revolution. This sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land, and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women. The early 1850s until the late 1920s marked a turbulent and significant era for Russia. During that time the country underwent a massive transformation, taking it from days of grandeur under the tsars to the chaos of revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union. Has a proper balance of drama and story to let the readers stay indulged in reading? It says about the ending days of Romanovs, discusses the devastating civil war and the fall of the empire. The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg by Helen Rappaport has managed to mention the tragedy of the irreplaceable loss of Romanovs in such a way that the readers start feeling the scenes. The choice of words and the choice of sentences is up to the mark. The book shares the details about the murders that marked the turning point in history. Murders that led to the end of the Romanovs who had been stayed rulers for three hundred years.
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A skillfully written account and engaging portrait of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960), younger sister of Tsar Nicholas II. Olga Alexandrovna’s life was no less dramatic than that of her brother, Nicholas II. Daughter, granddaughter, and sister to Russian emperors, Olga – a woman devoid of vanity and imbued with a strong faith – lived a life that could never be replicated. Immersed in the splendors of the Russian court, Olga also suffered through the Russian Revolution, and ultimately left Russia for a life of exile in Denmark and Canada. The Last Grand Duchess is Olga’s memoirs as told to Ian Vorres whose deft presentation of her story is to be applauded. Published in 1965, The Last Grand Duchess not only delves into Olga’s life but that of her family and other historical figures and brings a unique insight into the last Romanovs and Tsar Nicholas II in particular. In at least one place, I wanted Fleming to take things a little further than she did. She goes into the grand duchesses' atrocious, piecemeal education. It was fascinating and new to me, but I was reading it going, "Well, it sounds like Alexandra absorbed the angel in the house mentality while she was living in England." Fleming doesn't bring that up as a possibility, and teens unfamiliar with the concept (I certainly hadn't heard of it when I was in the target age group for this book) won't be able to make the connection themselves. There might be other places she could have given more information than she did, but I'm not overly familiar with Russian history beyond the visuals of Russian Ark.Tells about the great destruction of the Romanov family on July 17 at Yekaterinburg. It was horrifying, terrible, and a lot devastating. When the Soviet Union turned down, two bodies were absent from all the bodies that were found from the unknown burial place. The Romanov Files, 1918 – 1953: A Non-fiction Novel by Harry Lee Poe also tells about the increasing paranoia of Stalin into insaneness because in hiding his faults, he destroyed the lives of many people. In the escape of the children, he was at fault. The book has both the elements of history and suspense. It is a writing that answers many of the questions related to Stalin’s Soviet state. Not really well versed on the subject of the Russian Tzar and his family, I found this book quite interesting, enjoyable and sad. Anyway. I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book and the events it covers. We could discuss it at length, but I should probably do some work tonight.