I Was Anastasia

By Ariel Lawhon,

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An enthralling feat of historical suspense that unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson's fifty-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman's legacy?

Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it…

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2 authors picked I Was Anastasia as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

The author does a masterful job of intertwining the lives of Princess Anastasia of Russia and Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the murdered princess.

What makes this so interesting is her description of Anastasia's life from the demise of the Romanov family in 1917 to her death in 1918 while describing Anna's life from 1970 backward to the circumstances leading to her impersonation.

Even though I am familiar with Anastasia's life and cruel death, I thought this was a unique approach, and it kept me going until the very last page.

The tragedy and mystery surrounding the murders of Tsar Nicholas and his family at the hands of the Bolsheviks has been well documented. Author Lawhon goes a step further through the eyes of Anastasia, the tsar's youngest daughter who was thought to have survived. But it is also the story of Anna Anderson, fished out of a canal in Berlin, and later claiming to be the lost Anastasia. This book is a splendid blend of stories of two young women caught in perilous times. The massacre of the Romanovs in the Ipatiev House is told in chilling detail, yet the…

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