Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Family Romanov

YALSA Reading Challenge Book 2

Even though it is off of the Nonfiction list, The Family Romanov: Murder, rebellion, and the fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming is a page-turner!  While familiar with the time period, this book is rich with nuances that are often overlooked.  Fleming allows the reader to join the Romanov family in their final years, understand them as rulers, and connect with them as people.  It is easy to grow frustrated with the decisions made, though there is a deeper level of understanding with expanded knowledge of events.  While the end was unsurprising, I found myself hoping the myth of Anastasia may somehow have been true.  Every student of world history should read this book!

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