The Family Romanov: Murder Rebellion & The Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Schwartz & Wade; 304 pages
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An Imperial family, scads of money, an abhorrent economic difference in classes and the fallout from the pressures against the two–what’s not to like here? The well-researched and equally well-written story of the Romanov family is both heart wrenching and intriguing. The stories behind the decisions and the effects of the fallout lie in these some 300 pages that read like a crime novel and less like a biography.
I was uncertain about how I would like this, given that so much of nonfiction seems to nudge me right off into sleep, but this–this was wonderful. Fleming really has a firm grasp on storytelling and manages to make this true story suspenseful despite us already knowing the outcome. I would recommend this book for anyone that is generally a fan of biographies or memoirs and even those who enjoy historical fiction.