The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra A New York Times Bestseller for weeks Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses People magazine The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile superficial manner bu

  • Title: The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Author: Helen Rappaport
  • ISBN: 9781250067456
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New York Times Bestseller for 12 weeks Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses People magazine The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters thoughtfulness and intelligence Publishers Weekly starred review They were the PriA New York Times Bestseller for 12 weeks Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses People magazine The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters thoughtfulness and intelligence Publishers Weekly starred review They were the Princess Dianas of their day perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution Helen Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.

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    1. Helen Rappaport

      Born in Bromley, England, Helen Rappaport studied Russian at Leeds University but ill advisedly rejected suggestions of a career in the Foreign Office and opted for the acting profession After appearing on British TV and in films until the early 1990s she abandoned acting and embraced her second love history and with it the insecurities of a writer s life.She started out contributing to biographical and historical reference works for publishers such as Cassell, Reader s Digest, and Oxford University Press Between 1999 and 2003 she wrote three books back to back for a leading US reference publisher Joseph Stalin A Biographical Companion, the award winning An Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers and Queen Victoria A Biographical Companion Her first trade title was No Place for Ladies The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War Aurum press, 2007 She followed this with Ekaterinburg The Last Days of the Romanovs Hutchinson 2008 , which became a best seller in the USA, published by St.Martin s Press as The Last days of the Romanovs Tragedy at Ekaterinburg She then followed with Conspirator Lenin in Exile, Hutchinson, 2009 Basic Books USA, 2010.Helen s next title was a new departure a Victorian true crime story Beautiful for Ever Madame Rachel of Bond Street Cosmetician, Con Artist and Blackmailer published by novelist Susan Hill s imprint, Long Barn Books, 2010 A paperback edition will be published by Vintage on 3 May 2012.Helen s newest title, published by Hutchinson in the UK, is Magnificent Obsession Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy a study of the impact of the Prince Consort s premature death in 1861 on England, the monarchy, and Queen Victoria, and covering the first terrible ten years of her retreat from public view The book will be published in the USA on 13 March 2012 by St Martin s Press.Helen is currently working on two forthcoming titles Capturing the Light a collaboration with Roger Watson on the birth of photography, to be published in the UK by PanMacmillan in 2013 and in the USA by St Martin s Press date TBC and Four Sisters, about the tragic lives of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, to be published in the USA by St Martin s Press 2014 UK details to follow.Helen s only foray into fiction, so far, has been a collaboration with William Horwood on a historical thriller, Dark Hearts of Chicago published by Hutchinson in April 2007.Helen is a fluent Russian speaker and a specialist in Russian history and 19th century women s history, her great passion being to winkle out lost stories from the footnotes and to breathe new life and new perspectives into old subjects In 2005 she was historical consultant and talking head on a Channel 4 documentary The Real Angel of the Crimea about the Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole In 2010 she was talking head on a Mystery Files documentary about the Murder of the Romanovs for National Geographic channel.Helen has had considerable radio experience talking on Victorian and Russian history for BBC Radio Oxford and Radio Berkshire Radio 4 Woman s Hour, Start the Week and the Today programme In December 2011 she appeared on a Radio 2 programme on the history of the Royal Albert Hall and on Peter Snow s Random Edition about the death of Prince Albert In 2012 she is a talking head on the major 8 part Radio 4 series The Art of Monarchy.Since the mid 70s Helen has also become well known as a Russian translator in the theatre, working with British playwrights on new versions of Russian plays She has translated all seven of Chekhov s plays, including Ivanov for Tom Stoppard s new version that was a huge critical success at the Donmar Season at Wyndham s in 2008 In 2002 she was Russian consultant to the National Theatre s Tom Stoppard trilogy, The Coast of Utopia.A passionate Victorianist and Russianist, Helen is a member of Equity, the Victorian Society, the Society of Gen

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    1. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandria by Helen Rappaport is a comprehensive look at the last royal family of Russia. Rappaport attended Leeds University with the intention of joining the Foreign Office. She changed her mind and became an actress. She became a full-time writer in 1998 and has written several books on Russian history and Victorian history. Her work on Lenin caused a stir when she proposed that he died of syphilis rather than a stroke. Grow [...]

    2. Quick read. Informative. Learned a lot. I picked it up to see what their story was all about. And I was surprised at the amount of impact was both on the world and on them as a family.The author does a good job at keeping things at just the right level -- not too complex, not too simple. She explains all the connections to the British family, covers some of the world tensions causing the problems for the Romanov's. And their deaths are handled with the right level of respect.You really learn a l [...]

    3. "We too have to understand through it all, that God is greater than everything, and that he wants to draw us, through our sufferings, closer to Him. But my country, my God, how I love it with all the power of my being, and her sufferings give me actual physical pain." –Alexandra RomonovaI cannot stress enough what a wonderful book this was! For the duration of my reading, I was transported back in time through Russia, Finland and Britain at the turn of the century. Revolution, death and hard t [...]

    4. Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of Tatiana, Olga, Maria and Anastasia the four daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra in this well written account of the girls and their lives at court.I have read a great deal of books on the subject of Russia and the Romanov family and wasn't particularly sure what new information I would gain from this book. But I was plesently surprised with the author's approach to the Novel and the research she had done. Rappaport's skill at showing life within th [...]

    5. Having read all of Helen Rappaport’s books, including her 2009, “Ekaterinburg: the Last Days of the Romanovs,” I was delighted to read her latest work. “The Romanov Sisters” concentrates on the story of the Romanov’s from a slightly different viewpoint; rather than highlighting the relationship of Nicholas and Alexandra, or the illness of Alexey and Alexandra’s reliance on Rasputin, she takes the largely untold life stories of four sisters and examines them in detail. Of course, th [...]

    6. As I, a recovering sick person (who’s had an entire day to ponder over the book) sit down to write this review, I still find myself grasping at whispy clouds of thoughts. I don't know how to write a review that would honour this gruesome tale of the end to one of the greatest dynasties of the modern world. Don Bluth's Anastasia (its historical inaccuracies notwithstanding) was probably the first historical movie I watched and not unlike many, obsessed over. So much so that I still remember how [...]

    7. I have no internet so bare with me. This book filled in more of the gaps about the Romanovs lives. Some questions were nicely answered with diary accounts, letters, and other observations. It was informative, and laid out perfectly, starting with some background information about Alix Some moments were boring, but it is a lot of information. At the end I feel bad for the Romanovs. . This shouldn't of happened. The last chapter sadden me.

    8. 3.5 Although much in this book was known to me previously, I did like the way this was presented. The writing is very readable, clear and precise. It focused more on the family, their daily schedules, the people they were in contact with and their individual personalities. History of course invaded the focus, but only when necessary, and how it affected the family and what they thought about what was happening. I did feel that I received a better understanding of the girls, their individual pers [...]

    9. It all started with "Anastasia", American animated epic musical film, in 1997.I was touched by it and wanted to know more, but the information was unclear. I am really glad that I found this book in GR universe and managed to learn more about the real life of the Romanovs. At first I was cautious and thought it would be one of those difficult reads with lots of boring facts and historical information that would be long to read. But it wasn't. The fate of this famous family was so awful and the a [...]

    10. What happened to the Romanovs was haunting. I have always had an interest in this family and their and place in history and I thought this book painted a vivid picture for me. What was most horrifying about their lives (besides the ending) was the illness. Months of recovery, hair loss and temporary deafnesseesh. I recommend every anti-vaxer read this book, I guarantee you’ll change your mind. If I had children, I’d immediately run them to the nearest clinic and vaccine those little ones up, [...]

    11. This poignant and haunting look at the Romanov daughters reminds us of why, so many years later, we continue to be fascinated by their beauty, their fragile world, and their untimely deaths. Focusing on Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia, Ms Rappaport pulls back the veil on their privileged but often cold upbringing; their difficult yet adoring relationship with the neurotic Tsarina, Alexandra; and the family's fervent focus on the only son, Alexis, whose hemophiliac disorder caused so much pain [...]

    12. I personally am without religious faith. Some books demand that you be religious to understand how the characters think and behave. I just finished The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra. The religious faith of the girls and their mother is all encompassing and totally comprehensible…even to me. I really like books, like this, that let you experience a whole new way of looking at the world around you; I saw their world through their eyes. You know what h [...]

    13. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Whether or not you appreciate Helen Rappaport's The Romanov Sisters will depend on how you approach it. I don't mean to be cynical, but the jacket description and cover art are not indicative of the material within and I personally found the book much less frustrating when I put aside my interest in the individual character of Nicholas' daughters and considered the book as I would a general biography of the family. Why? Oh I’m so glad you as [...]

    14. **Thank you St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review**I feel like this was a bait and switch. From the title and the book description one would think this would deal mostly with the Romanov sisters. That is not exactly the case. This is really more about the family as a whole, rather then the girls themselves. The material was very well researched and the writing is engaging enough, but this wasn't the book I feel I was promised. If you're just startin [...]

    15. This book discusses the lives of the four daughters of Czar Nicholas II of Russia, from the circumstances surrounding their births to their murders in 1917. I found the reading to be informative and captivating.I hold a lot of interest in the Romanovs, particularly in Czar Alexander III and the family of Czar Nicholas II. For as long as I can remember, I searched for information and read books on them.This current rendering of the four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, brought to t [...]

    16. I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.Since the author is a writer historian russanist, this book majestically describes the life of the Romanovs, even if the title gives a false impression on the main plot. How to describe the sisters' life without mentioning their parents, Nicholas and Alexandra, and even their poor hemophiliac brother Alexey?The book starts with the description of the married life of Nicholas and Alexandra, [...]

    17. Comprehensive and well documented, this joint biography of the last Tsar’s four daughters stops just short of their violent deaths at the hands of revolutionaries, but it’s a poignant and haunting story from start to finish. Lovely, intelligent, and good humored, sisters Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia were seen as a unit, even referring to themselves as OTMA, but they come alive as individuals in the chapters of this book, with (roughly speaking) Olga the most emotional, Tatiana the mos [...]

    18. Compelling, engrossing, fast paced but doesn't leave out the details. A solid, comprehensive look at the Romanov sisters from birth until death--and it will probably all surprise you, including what could have been done to change their awful fates. They were goofy, kind, sometimes bawdy, and devoted to one another and their parents. Highly recc. Highly. I super loved this book. .

    19. Ciertamente las Hermanas Romanov pasaron a la historia por ser las últimas herederas del Imperio Ruso y por las supuestas teorías de que algunas habían sobrevivido al terrible ataque del que fueron víctimas en 1918 en un sótano de Ekaterimburgo. El caso más conocido es el de Anna Anderson, quien sacudió al mundo entero al afirmar que era la legítima Anastasia Romanov hasta que un examen de ADN derivado de los restos de la familia imperial que se encontraron décadas después desmintió e [...]

    20. I really can't go another day without writing a review of this. I finished this the first day of the year and yet I can't muster words to really express how rewarding this is, how much I enjoyed reading this. History is one of those subjects where one either loathes it, or completely loves it. Ever since I was a young child I have been firmly placed in the latter camp; the Victorian era, the history of film and Eurovision (no laughing) seem to be my specialist subjects. I have also, since childh [...]

    21. This is an absorbing biography and history of the four sisters and the last Russian royal family. Rappaport starts by describing the one of their last residences before delving back into the family history of the sisters which stretched across the royal houses of Europe. Although this is a richly detailed and informative book it is not difficult to read. So, those that are wary of reading history books for fear of the writing being dry shouldn’t worry. Interspersed with historical quotes from [...]

    22. A wonderfully engaging novel about the Romanov girls and the tragedy of their lives. It makes one especially glad that my wish of being a princess never came true. It was a book that even though you knew the ending, you hoped in your head that you could have changed it.

    23. This carefully researched, detailed, LONG and agonizingly linear recounting of the day-to-day lives of the Romanov family lacks much in the way of historical context or psychological depth. It reads like a fawning celebrity profile in "Tiger Beat" magazine - with hundreds of footnotes.

    24. I actually wish I could give this book a higher rating because it is very well researched and also well-written. Non-fiction can often appear a bit dry but the author manages to interweave facts, quotes from diaries and letters, and her own take on some events in a way that it's rarely boring.However: I expected a book about the four Romanov-sisters and I don't really feel I got that. The first few chapters are mostly dedicated to the parents, especially Alexandra, the mother. I understand that [...]

    25. The basic problem is not with the writing, which is good, nor with the odd nugget of information (Grand Duke Dmitri's letter to Nicholas II is a very odd nugget indeed), but with the subject matter itself. To put it bluntly, the girls just aren't interesting enough in and of themselves to sustain a biography, and so Rappaport goes into some detail about Alexei (fair enough) and Nicholas and Alexandra --- but only insofar as their parents were understood by the girls. Which is to say, not at all. [...]

    26. This is a painstakingly researched book about not only the four Romanov grand duchesses but the other family members, as well. The slant, as the title suggests, though, is towards a more thorough understanding of the girls, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. I have always been fascinated by the last tsar and his family. And I have always thought the violent deaths of the family, particularly the innocent children, was a horrendous tragedy. Through her detailed research, Helen Rappaport has give [...]

    27. I don't tend to go much for stories of royalty. I don't care much about the different clothes they wore, or fancy trips to the sea, or that Alexandra's "trademark" was flowers in every room (super original and interesting, there).Clearly, the author is knowledgeable and researched extensively; likewise, it's a terrible thing that happened to the family, and excuses a lot of the narrative bias. But, there just wasn't much there about the daughters. They come off like average girls -- which is pro [...]

    28. This was my first book about The Romanov's and I didn't have much knowledge on the subject except for the obvious (that they were shot and the tragedy before that). I enjoyed the read very much. It read like a novel, was not dry and I found it pretty hard to put down. Although the subject matter had a certain doomed atmosphere from the beginning and it was difficult to read without getting very emotional (towards the end especially).Rappaport has found a thin line between pitying her subjects an [...]

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