Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
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Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs


On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure

A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet.

But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin's life and death has remained shrouded in myth. A major new work that combines probing scholarship and powerful storytelling, Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity--man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

Title:Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:848 pages

    Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs Reviews

  • Steven Z.
    Feb 13, 2017

    The other day I heard a talking head quip that Steve Bannon was Donald Trump’s Rasputin. Recently I have brought myself up to speed on Mr. Bannon and there really does seem to be some similarities, ...

  • Nancy Oakes
    Dec 18, 2016

    Finished at 3 a.m.; I'll post soon. This just might be the most comprehensive study of Rasputin that's out there, and I do mean comprehensive, but my tired brain isn't up to thought right now. ...

  • Carolyn
    Nov 29, 2016

    The essential book for the historian and scholar researching the life and influence of Rasputin and the end of the Romanov dynasty. 5 starsA formidable book (of over 800 pages)for the more casual read...

  • Chrissie
    Oct 26, 2016

    This or Rasputin: The Untold Story or The Rasputin File? I have chosen to read Rasputin: The Untold Story first. I do wish Robert K. Massie would write a book just on Rasputin. ...

  • Arya Stark
    Dec 03, 2016

    This was abit of a weird one to get through after an amazing start the book quicly became a chore to get through.I have always been curious about Rasputin ever since I first heard about him in school ...

  • Joerg Frankenberger
    Dec 07, 2016

    there are books written with passion and then there are books written with a purpose ... 'Rasputin' is of the latter variety. 700+ pages are necessary to prove that history as reported to date was wro...

  • Abimelech Abimelech
    Dec 10, 2016

    An absolute masterpiece and one hell of a way to usher in 2017. Many notes, review here for fun or elsewhere in time....

  • Christen
    Jan 23, 2017

    Good beginning and end, but I got lost in the middle - but that is the point. The book takes you down every rumor and then debunks with facts and footnotes. While interesting, I lost interest in the m...

  • Michael
    Dec 31, 2016

    Meticulously researched, elegantly written biography of the infamous Rasputin, the so called "Mad Monk/Holy Devil" whose influence (or at least his perceived influence) over Nicholas II and Alexandra ...

  • Blaine Morrow
    Jan 05, 2017

    A scholarly work of historical research, with a purpose of investigating the many disputed stories about the "mad monk" and presenting the most credible evidence. ...