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Taking advantage of material unavailable until the fall of the Soviet Union, Erickson portrays Alexandra's story as a closely observed, enthrallingly documented, progressive psychological retreat from reality.

The lives of the Romanovs were full of color and drama, but the personal life of Alexandra has remained enigmatic. Under Erickson's masterful scrutiny the full dimensions of the Empresses' singular psychology are revealed: her childhood bereavement, her long struggle to attain her romantic goal of marriage to Nicholas, the anguish of her pathological shyness, her struggles with her in-laws, her false pregnancy, her increasing eccentricities and loss of self as she became more preoccupied with matters of faith, and her increasing dependence on a series of occult mentors, the most notorious of whom was Rasputin. With meticulous care, long practiced skill, and generous imagination, Erickson crafts a character who lives and breathes.


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Nicki & Alix
August 10th, 2015
The first half of the book was lovely, telling the story of Nicki and Alix's romance, then all of a sudden, as if another writer had taken over the story, it becomes rough and rigid. No new insights.
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July 12th, 2015
Good read... it was informative and entertaining as well. It kept to the historical facts while spinning a good story surrounding the Romanov family
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Very shoddy work!
January 1st, 2015
Nothing original and certainly no new insights. Disappointing opus from a normally great author. Do not recommend
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