Nicholas II: Emperor of All the Russias by Dominic Lieven

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Here is the first fully rounded portrait of the last Tsar. Not only is it the story of the family man, the father of the haemophiliac heir, the protector of Rasputin, the victim of the infamous murder at Ekaterinburg in 1918. It also considers Nicholas as political leader and emperor. It presents a view of him very different from the one generally held in the West and portrays the old regime's collapse and the origins of Bolshevik Russia in a starling new light.

Pimlico, 1994.
ISBN: 9780712660396. 292 pp.
Softcover. Very good.