Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Teen Tuesday: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
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From the acclaimed author of "Amelia Lost" and "The Lincolns" comes more nonfiction at its very best--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.
Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life. History doesn't get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.
My thoughts: I am reading this book right now, and really enjoying it. I think everyone has heard the name Rasputin, and knows the legend of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, but this book really brings the facts to life. I also enjoyed Amelia Lost, recommend both of these books to history lovers! Candace Fleming makes history come alive - these books are definitely not boring!