July 17 2018 Marks the 100th year Anniversary of the murder of the Russian Imperial family -
I wanted to read another book on the Russian Imperial Family and when I listenend to Helen Helen Rappaport's interview on Dan Snows History Hit Podcast , I just had to get my hands on a copy of[b:The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family|33116011|The Race to Save the Romanovs The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family|Helen Rappaport|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1527712878s/33116011.jpg|53780528]
Helen Rappaport an acclaimed historian and researcher has written in my opinion an extremely well researched and informative account of the last few months of the Russian Imperial Family.
This book is different than anything else I have read concerning the Romanovs as this account embarks on a quest to uncover the various plots and plans to save the family, why they failed, and who was responsible. At last a book that tries to answer the questions I had running around in my head while reading other books on the Romanovs. Many of the Royal courts of Europe were closely related to the family and what plans if any were out to rescue them is well documented here and they reasons why these plans didn't materialise or if indeed they were ever in place. The author puts to bed many myths and inaccuracies surrounding this horrible time in Russian history.
A word of warning this book has a lot of information, dates names and I was grateful to find that the book had two family trees and a glossary of names which I found necessary when trying to keep up with who was who. This isn't a book about the Romanovs and their lives although the author does go into quite a bit of detail about their last few months of their lives, but the book concentrates more on why European relatives and Allied governments failed to save Czar Nicholas and his family and a lot of this information was new to me.
I listened to this one on audible and while the narrator Danien Lynch is excellent I had to purchase the hard copy as I found the details, maps and glossary of names (and there are a lot) and illustrations necessary in order to get the full benefit of the book.
This is a book I can honestly say I WILL
read again and while this was my first book by Helen Rappaport I look forward now to checking out her other books.