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The race to save the Romanovs : the truth behind the secret plans to rescue the Russian imperial family
Rappaport, Helen, author.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
xxviii, 372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the many international plots to save them, why they failed, and who was responsible. The murder of the Romanov family in July 1918 horrified the world and its aftershocks still reverberate today. In Putin's autocratic Russia, the Revolution itself is considered a crime and its one hundredth anniversary was largely ignored. In stark contrast, the centenary of the massacre of the Imperial Family will be a huge ceremony to be attended by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. While the murder itself has received major attention, what has never been investigated in detail are the various plots behind the scenes to save the family--on the part of their royal relatives, other governments, and Russian monarchists loyal to the Tsar. Rappaport refutes the accusation that the fault lies entirely with King George V, as has been the traditional claim for the last century. The responsibility for failing the Romanovs must be equally shared. The question of asylum for the Tsar and his family was an extremely complicated issue that presented enormous political, logistical and geographical challenges at a time when Europe was still at war. Like a modern-day detective, Helen Rappaport draws on new and never-before-seen sources from archives in the United States, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom, creating a powerful account of near misses and close calls with a heartbreaking conclusion. With its up-to-the-minute research, The Race to Save the Romanovs is sure to replace outdated classics as the final word on the fate of the Romanovs"--
General Note:
"June 2018"--Title page verso.
By way of a beginning -- Happy families -- 'Some catastrophe lurking in the dark' -- 'Alicky is the cause of it all and Nicky has been weak' -- 'Every day the king is becoming more concerned' -- 'Port Romanoff by the Murmansk Railway' -- 'I shall not be happy till they are safely out of Russia' -- 'The smell of a Dumas novel' -- 'Please don't mention my name!' -- 'I would rather die in Russia than be saved by the Germans' -- 'The baggage will be in utter danger at all times' -- 'Await the whistle around midnight' -- 'It is too horrible and heartless' -- 'Those poor innocent children' -- 'His Majesty would much prefer that published' -- Postscript : 'Nobody's fault'?
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