Nicholas & Alexandra is the tragic and compelling story of the last Tsar and his family by Robert K. Massie, this book was first published in 1968 and is an amazing and historically accurate account of the fall of the Romanovs and the collapse of Imperial Russia but is also The story of Nicholas a husband and father and a family who dealt with a child suffering from haemophilia.
The focus of this book is on the family but with an engrossing account of one of the century's most dramatic events in the background. So with this book you get the best of both worlds you get an accurate historical account of the collapse of Imperial Russia and an exquisite account of love and compassion and you are transported back to Russia in a time of the magnificent life of the court of St Petersburg the opulent palaces and the great balls.
It took me a long time to read this book but I found myself so engrossed in the story as the writing is magnificent and I felt that the author Massie transported me to Russia in a way that no writer has ever done before. I spent so much time checking out all the palace names on the computer and the people in the book that I was even thinking about the book when I was not reading it.
Most importantly I learned to much from this book, it is such an education.
I have had this book on my bookshelf for quite a while and had put off reading it until a friend picked it up one day and was amazed that I had not read it.
I loved this book and would rate it in my top 5 books of all times!! Now all I have to do is visit all the places I have read about in this book.