Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure
But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin's life and death has remained shrouded in myth. A major new work that combines probing scholarship and powerful storytelling, Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity--man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vguy - LibraryThing
Doorstop of a book. Fascinating and sad. Too many detailed pages for me to get involved in one weird monk and his doings; I applied my speed-reading techniques and focussed mainly on the murder ... Read full review
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the RomanovsUser Review - Publishers Weekly
In this monumental and soul-shaking biography, historian and translator Smith (Former People) demystifies the figure of Grigory Rasputin a century after his gruesome murder in 1916 at age 47. He ... Read full review