The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret


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  1. Dem Dem says:

    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 onDan Snows History Hit Podcast , I just had to get my hands on a copy ofThe Race to Save the Romanovs The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial FamilyHelen Rappaport an acclaimed historian and researcher has written in my opinion an extremely well researche 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 onDan Snows History Hit Podcast , I just had to get my hands on a copy ofThe Race to Save the Romanovs The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial FamilyHelen 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 concentrateson 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


  2. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    This, Helen Rappaport s latest book, looks at the flow of events that led to the last Romanovs incarceration and subsequent assassination on July 17, 1918 It seeks to clarify what actually happened, separating fact from the rife speculations and confusion that has clouded history for a century Who was killed and where and how and when How did it come to be that the Romanovs, with family ties all over Europe, were not rescued The blame game is played who should be pointed at and who is at fa This, Helen Rappaport s latest book, looks at the flow of events that led to the last Romanovs incarceration and subsequent assassination on July 17, 1918 It seeks to clarify what actually happened, separating fact from the rife speculations and confusion that has clouded history for a century Who was killed and where and how and when How did it come to be that the Romanovs, with family ties all over Europe, were not rescued The blame game is played who should be pointed at and who is at fault King George V and even Mary his wife, Liberal British statesman David Lloyd George, the British Ambassador in Saint Petersburg Sir George William Buchanan, Kaiser Wilhelm, Alexander Kerensky, Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra and or the other European reigning regents of the time All are examined The only figure not pointed at is Lenin, which is rather strange King Alfonso of Spain is praised This is a book of history It is dense, and it is thorough It presents the latest information and is based on the author s own extensive research It focuses on politics rather than biographical content Facts are presented in a well thought out, chronological and orderly fashion The audiobook has no PDF file, and thus maps, family trees and name lists are lacking It is difficult to decipher the Russian There are many Russian names and only being able to hear them rather than see them is difficult The audiobook s narrator, Damien Lynch, takes getting used to The flow is choppy He speaks quickly but pauses after every sentence The pauses are in a way good because they give you time to think there is much information to absorb The book is very good, but I do not recommend it as an audiobook unless that is your only alternative.In my view it is better to have read other books on the topic before tackling this Other recommended books Nicholas and Alexandra 5 stars George, Nicholas and Wilhelm Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I 4 stars The Romanov Sisters The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra 4 stars Rasputin The Untold Story 4 stars The Kitchen Boy A Novel of the Last Tsar 4 stars The Assassination of the Archduke Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World 3 stars


  3. Valerity (Val) Valerity (Val) says:

    It seems I ve always had an affinity for the story of the Romanovs, reading books about them long ago and being interested in them for years It s just such a captivating tale, with the large wealthy family in Russia, the ill son that they all dote on, especially when he s unwell And of course, the crazy monk that seems to cast a spell over them when he is seemingly able to help several times when the illness was really bad This book mainly focuses on all the machinations to try to save the Ro It seems I ve always had an affinity for the story of the Romanovs, reading books about them long ago and being interested in them for years It s just such a captivating tale, with the large wealthy family in Russia, the ill son that they all dote on, especially when he s unwell And of course, the crazy monk that seems to cast a spell over them when he is seemingly able to help several times when the illness was really bad This book mainly focuses on all the machinations to try to save the Romanovs during the time they were in Tsarskoe Selo and their future was so uncertain After Nicholas had abdicated while on the train and then spent time with his mother was probably the ideal time for any real chance to slip away, but with the children ill with measles, it would have been so difficult It seems that all the planning after that was kind of futile This book was written with the aid of a whole suitcase of additional newly added papers lent to the author givinginsight to that period and makes this very up to date It would appeal to most people who have an interest in this time period in Russia, the Romanovs and their fate and the whole story surrounding them My thanks for the advance digital copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Helen Rappaport, and the publisher for my review St Martin s PressPub June 26, 2018


  4. Alexw Alexw says:

    Too much college textbook with lots of dates but was fascinated to learn that the Danish Government still has all of the records sealed on the death of Tsar Nicholas which happened over a 100 years ago


  5. Gill Paul Gill Paul says:

    The Romanovs were closely related to several European royal houses the British, German and Danish in particular so why did none of their relatives manage to save them after their arrest following the Revolution And what of the Russian officers loyal to the monarchy who were said to be amassing in Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg Why did none of their efforts succeed Helen Rappaport tells a riveting tale of the political football the Romanov family became during their months of captivity George V The Romanovs were closely related to several European royal houses the British, German and Danish in particular so why did none of their relatives manage to save them after their arrest following the Revolution And what of the Russian officers loyal to the monarchy who were said to be amassing in Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg Why did none of their efforts succeed Helen Rappaport tells a riveting tale of the political football the Romanov family became during their months of captivity George V has long been blamed for not saving them but what of Kaiser Wilhelm Why did the Danes not doAlfonso XIII of Spain is the only monarch who stuck his neck out, and he continued to try to save the women throughout August 1918, unaware they had been murdered alongside Nicholas.Rappaport s research is deep and meticulous She has uncovered memos, telegrams and documents not seen by previous historians so this is the most complete and balanced account available She is also pragmatic Russia s northern coastline could only have been an escape route from July to September because it was frozen the rest of the year the vast distances in Russia, compounded by the workers seizing of the rail network, made any other escape route precarious and the family s unwillingness to leave Russia also played a part I raced through this book and I would urge anyone else interested in the Romanovs, and in Russian history, to do the same It s a fascinating read


  6. Janet Janet says:

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher Investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the various international plots and plans 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 consid I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher Investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the various international plots and plans 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 anniversary was largely ignored In stark contrast, the centenary of the massacre of the Imperial Family was commemorated in 2018 by a huge ceremony attended by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.While the murders themselves have received major attention, what has never been investigated in detail are the various plots and plans 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 claim 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 US, Russia, Spain and the UK, 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.I really wanted to review this book but my request got lost in the shuffle I was approved the day before it was released and archived I started it but did not get it finished I enjoyed what I could get read it is well researched and the guide to who was who at he beginning was very helpful I will give it four stars on what I managed to read in time


  7. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    Going to place this one on the dnf shelf It was a bit to detailed oriented for me I was lookingfor a story of the Romanovs than I was about the various designs that were thought of to save them.


  8. Mandy Mandy says:

    What a great read Easy enough to say now that someone should have saved the Romanovs, but Helen Rappaport, with her meticulous and exhaustive research, explores how indeed many people, including the crowned head of Europe, came up with plans and stratagems and machinations to do just that but how all these ideas were pretty much doomed from the start And would the Tsar have agreed to leave Russia anyway A fascinating and compelling examination of those terrible last days of the Romanovs.


  9. Rose Rose says:

    Up until reading The Race to Save the Romanovs and one other newly written book I have had no knowledge of the killing of the Romanovs It was not covered during my school years, nor was I ever drawn into discussions of Russia other than watching their wonderful gymnasts during the Olympics This book was an eye opener and actually made be feel like I had been living blindly to previous world events Helen Rappaport s The Race to Save the Romanovs was well written, easy to comprehend and made me Up until reading The Race to Save the Romanovs and one other newly written book I have had no knowledge of the killing of the Romanovs It was not covered during my school years, nor was I ever drawn into discussions of Russia other than watching their wonderful gymnasts during the Olympics This book was an eye opener and actually made be feel like I had been living blindly to previous world events Helen Rappaport s The Race to Save the Romanovs was well written, easy to comprehend and made me wish to learnFull Disclosure I was allowed to read a copy of this book for free as a member of NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review The opinions I have expressed are my own and I was not influenced to give a positive review


  10. Joanne Joanne says:

    I have forever been fascinated by the story of the last of the Romanovs Any news item, any documentary I m in Therefore, I really was interested in this book With all the power and influence held by European royalty during the first 20 years of the 20th century, I wanted to know why they were never given asylum or taken to safety.This book explains that in clear terms There was a combination of so many elements that, in retrospect, what happened seems almost inevitable Had theRevolution in I have forever been fascinated by the story of the last of the Romanovs Any news item, any documentary I m in Therefore, I really was interested in this book With all the power and influence held by European royalty during the first 20 years of the 20th century, I wanted to know why they were never given asylum or taken to safety.This book explains that in clear terms There was a combination of so many elements that, in retrospect, what happened seems almost inevitable Had theRevolution in Russia happened at any time rather than in the midst of the Great War, there would probably have been strong efforts to get them to safety The author believes that there are several major elements that prevented this.1 Russia was a strategic partner of the western allies against Germany The Allies needed to keep the government of Russia on their side, and rescuing the Romanovs would have enraged the new regime, especially once the Bolsheviks took power.2 The Czarina was German born and never, ever let anyone forget that She adamantly adhered to the principle of the divine rights of the monarchy Therefore the suspicion among the general population and the governments of many Allied countries was that she would betray them to her cousin Kaiser Wilhelm In addition, she was a deeply unpleasant person who alienated almost everyone she met and was actively hated by many of her royal relatives, who otherwise were quite fond of Nicholas and all the children.3 The Romanovs themselves were adamantly opposed to leaving Russia They believed until the very end that there was a desire among the populace to have the monarchy restored For Nicholas, it went even deeper he truly loved Russia and couldn t conceive of living anywhere else Better to die in Russia than to live elsewhere 4 There was civil war in Russia between moderates and fanatical Bolsheviks It was these fanatics who forced the Romanovs to go to Ekaterinburg and who delighted in the idea of slaughtering them all Altogether, these reasons, and many , led directly to that fateful night in July 1918.This book is a sad litany of failure for so many parties who had an opportunity to save the family but dithered, back tracked, passed the buck, and dropped the ball altogether It s a fascinating tale, written in really accessible way I hung on every page


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About the Author: 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