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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & The Fall Of Imperial Russia    by Candace Fleming order for
Family Romanov
by Candace Fleming
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Schwartz & Wade, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

Both Romanov buffs and those new to studying the famous family will be drawn in to Candace Fleming's non-fiction account of the rise and fall of the Romanovs. This award winning author provides a riveting story of the Russian Revolution from a historical perspective and from the point of view from those on the other side, the peasant class.

Most of us are somewhat familiar with the Romanov family, especially Alexei, who had hemophilia, and Anastasia. A detailed background is given about each of the seven Romanovs: Nicholas II, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia, and the heir to the throne, Alexei. The lives of the children are chronicled from their births to their deaths.

As the children grow so does Nicholas' power. He rises to rule over one hundred thirty million people, most of whom are peasants. But Russia's last tsar turns a blind eye to those living in poverty, a mistake that will cost the tsar and his family dearly.

Perfect for students working on a report, this book is a fascinating and valuable read for readers ages twelve and up. Interesting and helpful details include the family trees of Nicholas and Alexandra. Young researchers will also be fascinated with the many photographs of the Romanov family and their subjects. In addition to family trees and photographs, a page of online resources is offered so one can further study this fascinating and tragic family.

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