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The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family (The Romanov Sisters)

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According to Hutchinson,The Race to Save the Romanovs is "an incredible detective story" that will piece together and reconstruct the complex behind-the-scenes royal, diplomatic and unofficial efforts to secure a sanctuary for the Romanovs. In the process it will reveal "bitter family rivalries, secret plans, a chain of blame and recrimination and devastating betrayals".
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Valerity (Val)
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
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Dem
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the 100th year Anniversary of the deaths of the Romanov family approaches. I have chosen this book by Helen Rappaport to read
Janet
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018ng, kindle
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
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Gill Paul
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Terri Wangard
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not being a Russophile, I was unaware of the blame game going on as to whose fault it was that the Romanov family was killed. With all of the royal families in Europe being related, one of them should have whisked the family to safety.

England’s King George gets the biggest rap, but Germany’s Emperor Wilhelm seems to have been in a better position, since Germany was dictating terms in the war with Russia. Plus, most of the Romanov women had been German princesses.

Helen Rappaport points out so man

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Jill Meyer
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Race to Save the Romanovs" is British historian Helen Rappaport's fourth book about the Romanovs and the Russian Revolution. As she states in her forward, she'd covered every part of the Romanov's fate beside the long-asked question, "why didn't anyone try to rescue the royal family and bring them to safety outside Soviet Russia"? The book's subtitle, "The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family", basically tells the sad, frustrating story of other countries' fai ...more
Kristi Thielen
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid work of scholarship and very readable, too. Rappaport details why virtually every royal family (or government) in Europe considered rescuing the imperiled Czar, Czarina and family – and why they ultimately didn’t.

A loathing for the breathtakingly snobbish Alexandra certainly played a part, but political factors did as well. The Russian Revolution had unsettled not just Russia, but had created unrest among the laboring classes in countries as far away as Great Britain. Sovereigns such as K
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Geoffrey
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
(Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)

Helen Rappaport returns again to the ends days of the Russian Empire with a deep look at all the attempts made behind the scenes to try and protect the lives Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The author leaves absolutely no stoned unturned in her extensive coverage, and gives attention from everything ranging from behind the scenes diplomatic wrangling and arguing in Europe's halls of power to a surprisingly wide array
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Linda
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hundred years have come and gone but the story of the Romanovs still captures our heart and grabs our attention. Helen Rappaport has written a third intriguing book on Russia’s last Tsar and his family.
As the title suggests this book is about the endless plans to rescue the family from their plight. Rappaport writes: "One of the most dispiriting aspects of the Romanov asylum issue of 1917 is a total lack of coordination between the various interested parties who might, had they acted in uniso
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Carolyn Harris
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly researched analysis of the obstacles to rescuing Czar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and their children in 1917-1918. Rappaport argues that there was a very narrow window of opportunity for the Imperial family to escape because of the internal political situation within Russia. Rappaport includes her own notes on her research process and how she built on the work of previous authors who have examined efforts to rescue the Romanovs by Europe's monarchs.

I found Rappaport's analysis o
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Vigee
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As we hurtle towards the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Romanovs I shoved aside my sky-high TBR pile and concentrated on reading this book in tandem with C.W. Gortner's "The Romanov Empress".

I highly recommend "The Race to Save the Romanovs". The reader is led through the tangle of diplomacy, plans and half-baked schemes to rescue the imperial family that all ended in nothing, and comes to the tragic conclusion the only real chance those children had of rescue was in the March of 1917 wh
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John Walker
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very nearly one hundred years to the actual day the Romanov family was butchered in Ekaterinberg, mystery still surrounds the several plans to save Nicolas, Alexandra and their children.
Thanks to Helen Rappaport, who continues to dig through all the lies, deceits and cover-ups of European Royal families and their governments to hide the fact that could have been a rescue attempt.Had countries put aside their hatred of one another and found away our for the family even though World War I was rag
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Douglas Osler
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting and scholarly clear up of many if the rumours and misleading beliefs about the attempts,or not,to rescue the Romanivs. Exceedingly well researched,it is also well written and I found the last section about the refusal to reveal the truth about their deaths and the attempts,or not,of other royal families to rescue them particularly interesting.
Steve
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Romanov family coming up this month, This peaked my interest. This was a interesting book and shocking that nobody helped the Romanov family, despite the plans to offer asylum and left the family to their own demise.
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Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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.

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