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The Romanovs 1613 - 1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore (December 2016)

The Romanovs 1613 - 1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore (December 2016)The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface.  How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire?  And how did they lose it all?

This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition.  From Peter the Great and Catherine the Great to Nicholas, Alexandra and Rasputin, Montefoire's gripping chronicle reveals a secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance.

Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, The Romanovs is at once an enthralling chronicle of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.
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