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

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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
ISBN:0374240841
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:848 pages

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

  • 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. ...

  • Chrissie
    Nov 01, 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Germany
    Jan 04, 2017

    Very detailed account of the notorious Monk. It was a little dry with all of the facts, but still fascinating none the less. ...

  • Linda
    Jan 04, 2017

    This extensively-researched book is a must read for anyone interested in Russian history, and the role Rasputin played in it....

  • Nissa
    Dec 28, 2016

    Another great book on early 20th century Russian history. It?s massive, but I couldn?t put it down. ...

  • Abimelech Abimelech
    Dec 31, 2016

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...