The Best Books On The Last Romanovs

Jennifer Laam Author Of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar: A Novel of the Romanovs
By Jennifer Laam

The Books I Picked & Why

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

By Robert K. Massie

Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty

Why this book?

This classic tale of the last Romanovs is both a meticulously researched history and a sweeping personal saga. Massie and his wife were the parents of a son who suffered from the same condition as the last Russian heir to the throne: hemophilia. His empathy for their personal lives makes this a poignant and ultimately devastating read.


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The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

By C.W. Gortner

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

Why this book?

The sumptuous story of Nicholas II’s mother, Empress Maria Feodorovna, aka Princess Dagmar of Denmark. Initially engaged to his brother, she becomes the wife of Tsar Alexander III. This elegant novel follows the new empress from the triumphs of her early years in Russia, conflicts with her son’s wife, Alexandra, and the challenges and heartbreak of the Russian Revolution.


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The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

By Helen Rappaport

The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

Why this book?

Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia: the four daughters of Nicholas II are sometimes known as OTMA and often seen as a collective. With their carefully curated public images, Rappaport refers to them as the “Princess Dianas of their day.” At the same time, their individual personalities come to life via diary entries, correspondence, and fascinating reconstructions of their experiences as young women coming to age in the last days of imperial Russia, nurses during WWI, and prisoners after the Revolution.


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The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

By Robert Alexander

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

Why this book?

A harrowing and beautifully told novel of the last days of the Romanovs in imprisonment. The point of view character is a surviving servant, Leonka, a child released from the “House of Special Purpose” shortly before the execution of the royal family. 


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The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II

By Edvard Radzinsky

The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II

Why this book?

Radvinsky is a celebrated Russian playwright and historian. Raised in the Soviet Union, when information about the last Romanovs was repressed, his unique take on the tsar’s life makes this both a fascinating history and thoughtful meditation on what Nicholas II represents to Russians.


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