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The Romanovs
The Final Chapter: The Terrible Fate of Russia's last Tsar and his Family
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In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered...
In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered...
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  • In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than sixty years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia? This book unearths the truth. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie presents a colourful panorama of contemporary characters, illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans, whose findings, along with those of DNA scientists from Russia, America, and Great Britain, all contributed to solving one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century.

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  • Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 2, 1995
    In death as in life, the last imperial Romanovs cause controversy. Their bones remain in the Ekaterinburg morgue because of disagreements within the Russian bureaucracy, within the Russian Orthodox Church at home and abroad and among the Romanov descendants over burial sites, canonization and whether to inter with the family their servants who were murdered with them. The squabbling is unseemly, as Massie (Nicholas and Alexandra) shows vividly in his discerning book based on interviews and a close reading of the literature of the revolution. He recreates the slaughter of Alexandra, Nicholas and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia and Alexis, family physician Eugene Botkin, valet Trupp, maid Anna Demidova and cook Kharitonov on the night of July 16-17, 1918, at the Ipatiev House in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg. For some 60 years, the whereabouts of their bodies remained a mystery, until a retired Siberian geologist and a Moscow filmmaker found four skulls that they kept secret until 1989, when glasnost made revelation possible. Then began the exploitation, which, as Massie relates the story, will leave readers astonished and angry: scientists who identified the bones criticized one another's expertise for questionable motives, and the cities of Ekaterinburg and Petersburg are still quarreling over custody of the remains and the Romanov descendants over the manner of burial. Although the bones of two of the royals have not been found-Alexis, and either Marie or Anastasia-the evidence Massie presents discredits the ``survivors'' of the Ekaterinburg massacre, primarily Anna Anderson, who, until her death in 1984, claimed to be Anastasia. The average Russian, at least according to Massie, may be indifferent to the bones, but readers of his account most certainly will not be. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to the New Yorker; BOMC featured selection.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 2, 1996
    A recounting of recent controversies in Russia over the burial of the remains of the last imperial family, killed during the Communist revolution.

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