Ekaterinburg : The Last Days of the Romanovs Paperback
This is a vivid and compelling account of the final thirteen days of the Romanovs, counting down to the last, tense hours of their lives.
On 4 July 1918, a new commandant took control of a closely guarded house in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg.
His name was Yakov Yurovsky, and his prisoners were the Imperial family: the former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey.
Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room.
This is the story of those murders, which ended 300 years of Romanov rule and began an era of state-orchestrated terror and brutal repression.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 02/04/2009
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780099520092
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Review by john257hopper
An account of the last two weeks of the lives of the Romanovs and the details of their executions and their aftermath, plus an epilogue on subsequent attempts to get at the truth of what happened. The book conveys very well the grim atmosphere of impending disaster as the days tick by, combining necessary background detail of the evolving political and military situation, with personal details about the inhabitants of the Ipatiev House. Unlike nearly all other accounts of the Romanovs, the daughters are treated as four individual different young women, not some ethereal collective representing innocent femininity, and we also get to hear about the background of Dr Botkin as well as that of Yurovsky and the other leading killers. The account of the actual murders is very graphic and horrific. A near perfect, concise account of these events and the main related issues.
Review by Cormach
Compelling and very informative