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The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family (The Romanov Sisters)

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According to Hutchinson,The Race to Save the Romanovs is "an incredible detective story" that will piece together and reconstruct the complex behind-the-scenes royal, diplomatic and unofficial efforts to secure a sanctuary for the Romanovs. In the process it will reveal "bitter family rivalries, secret plans, a chain of blame and recrimination and devastating betrayals".
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
July 17 2018 Marks the 100th year Anniversary of the murder of the Russian Imperial family -

I wanted to read another book on the Russian Imperial Family and when I listenend to Helen Helen Rappaport's interview on Dan Snows History Hit Podcast , I just had to get my hands on a copy ofThe Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family

Helen Rappaport an acclaimed historian and researcher has written in my opinion an extremely well researche
Valerity (Val)
It seems I’ve always had an affinity for the story of the Romanovs, reading books about them long ago and being interested in them for years. It’s just such a captivating tale, with the large wealthy family in Russia, the ill son that they all dote on, especially when he’s unwell. And of course, the crazy monk that seems to cast a spell over them when he is seemingly able to help several times when the illness was really bad.

This book mainly focuses on all the machinations to try to save the Ro
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
Investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the various international plots and plans to save them, why they failed, and who was responsible.
The murder of the Romanov family in July 1918 horrified the world, and its aftershocks still reverberate today. In Putin's autocratic Russia, the Revolution itself is consid
Gill Paul
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Romanovs were closely related to several European royal houses – the British, German and Danish in particular – so why did none of their relatives manage to save them after their arrest following the Revolution? And what of the Russian officers loyal to the monarchy who were said to be amassing in Tobolsk and Ekaterinburg? Why did none of their efforts succeed? Helen Rappaport tells a riveting tale of the political football the Romanov family became during their months of captivity. George V ...more
Terri Wangard
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not being a Russophile, I was unaware of the blame game going on as to whose fault it was that the Romanov family was killed. With all of the royal families in Europe being related, one of them should have whisked the family to safety.

England’s King George gets the biggest rap, but Germany’s Emperor Wilhelm seems to have been in a better position, since Germany was dictating terms in the war with Russia. Plus, most of the Romanov women had been German princesses.

Helen Rappaport points out so man

Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! Easy enough to say now that “someone” should have saved the Romanovs, but Helen Rappaport, with her meticulous and exhaustive research, explores how indeed many people, including the crowned head of Europe, came up with plans and stratagems and machinations to do just that but how all these ideas were pretty much doomed from the start. And would the Tsar have agreed to leave Russia anyway? A fascinating and compelling examination of those terrible last days of the Romanovs.
Jill Meyer
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Race to Save the Romanovs" is British historian Helen Rappaport's fourth book about the Romanovs and the Russian Revolution. As she states in her forward, she'd covered every part of the Romanov's fate beside the long-asked question, "why didn't anyone try to rescue the royal family and bring them to safety outside Soviet Russia"? The book's subtitle, "The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family", basically tells the sad, frustrating story of other countries' fai ...more
David Dunlap
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating -- but ultimately sad -- retelling of the last days of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family...and the aftermath of their murders in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. The author has mastered a staggering amount of primary source material, even uncovering some documents that have not previously figured in other books on the subject. I liked the italicized offsets the author uses to comment on her search for papers -- and how she incorporates these findings into her narrative. The plethor ...more
Kristi Thielen
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid work of scholarship and very readable, too. Rappaport details why virtually every royal family (or government) in Europe considered rescuing the imperiled Czar, Czarina and family – and why they ultimately didn’t.

A loathing for the breathtakingly snobbish Alexandra certainly played a part, but political factors did as well. The Russian Revolution had unsettled not just Russia, but had created unrest among the laboring classes in countries as far away as Great Britain. Sovereigns such as K
Michelle Ule
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Extremely detailed examination of 1917-1918 events in regards to who did or did not (most) try to save the Romanov family from their murder in Ekaterinberg.

Rappaport is a well known researcher and author of other Romanov books, but in this story she examined archives from around the world, seeking answers to what really happened among the other heads of state.

Much was a surprise, including the information both Kaiser Wilhelm and King George V were trying to help, though much too late.

Who knew Al
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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(Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)

Helen Rappaport returns again to the ends days of the Russian Empire with a deep look at all the attempts made behind the scenes to try and protect the lives Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The author leaves absolutely no stoned unturned in her extensive coverage, and gives attention from everything ranging from behind the scenes diplomatic wrangling and arguing in Europe's halls of power to a surprisingly wide array
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hundred years have come and gone but the story of the Romanovs still captures our heart and grabs our attention. Helen Rappaport has written a third intriguing book on Russia’s last Tsar and his family.
As the title suggests this book is about the endless plans to rescue the family from their plight. Rappaport writes: "One of the most dispiriting aspects of the Romanov asylum issue of 1917 is a total lack of coordination between the various interested parties who might, had they acted in uniso
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I do love any kind of story about the Romanov family. However, this book seemed somewhat unnecessary. Political intrigue aside, there were just too many people to keep track of. There were so many people involved in trying to get the family out of Russia and to safety. But because of political issues with the British government and the fact that the family kept being moved, the family didn’t end up being saved and were murdered in Siberia. Nicholas II was by all accounts not the best tsar in the ...more
Carolyn Harris
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly researched analysis of the obstacles to rescuing Czar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and their children in 1917-1918. Rappaport argues that there was a very narrow window of opportunity for the Imperial family to escape because of the internal political situation within Russia. Rappaport includes her own notes on her research process and how she built on the work of previous authors who have examined efforts to rescue the Romanovs by Europe's monarchs.

I found Rappaport's analysis o
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As we hurtle towards the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Romanovs I shoved aside my sky-high TBR pile and concentrated on reading this book in tandem with C.W. Gortner's "The Romanov Empress".

I highly recommend "The Race to Save the Romanovs". The reader is led through the tangle of diplomacy, plans and half-baked schemes to rescue the imperial family that all ended in nothing, and comes to the tragic conclusion the only real chance those children had of rescue was in the March of 1917 wh
John Walker
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very nearly one hundred years to the actual day the Romanov family was butchered in Ekaterinberg, mystery still surrounds the several plans to save Nicolas, Alexandra and their children.
Thanks to Helen Rappaport, who continues to dig through all the lies, deceits and cover-ups of European Royal families and their governments to hide the fact that could have been a rescue attempt.Had countries put aside their hatred of one another and found away our for the family even though World War I was rag
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The imprisonment and assassination of the Romanovs are such an intriguing time in Russia’s history. This book focused on the attempts and obstacles in saving the family before their execution during the Russian revolution. The politics and monarchy of Europe at the time of WWI was quite interesting. The family’s hesitancy to leave immediately reminds me so much of how we wonder why the Jews didn’t leave Europe.... no one wanted them and they couldn’t imagine leaving their home.
Douglas Osler
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting and scholarly clear up of many if the rumours and misleading beliefs about the attempts,or not,to rescue the Romanivs. Exceedingly well researched,it is also well written and I found the last section about the refusal to reveal the truth about their deaths and the attempts,or not,of other royal families to rescue them particularly interesting.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With the 100th anniversary of the murder of the Romanov family coming up this month, This peaked my interest. This was a interesting book and shocking that nobody helped the Romanov family, despite the plans to offer asylum and left the family to their own demise.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Born in Bromley, England, Helen Rappaport studied Russian at Leeds University but ill-advisedly rejected suggestions of a career in the Foreign Office and opted for the acting profession. After appearing on British TV and in films until the early 1990s she abandoned acting and embraced her second love - history and with it the insecurities of a writer’s life.

She started out contributing to biograp
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