The Last Days of the Romanovs

Written by Helen Rappaport
Review by Cindy Vallar

On 17 July 1918, in Ekaterinburg, Bolsheviks brutally murdered Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexey. While this book focuses primarily on the events and players during the time the family lived at the “House of Special Purpose,” Rappoport explores the responses of various leaders – Woodrow Wilson, George V, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Vladimir Lenin. She captures the time, place, politics, and events through the use of Russian and English primary sources, many rarely consulted in previous works. Although there are no footnotes, this is an absorbing account from personal perspectives that puts the reader in the midst of it all, from the boredom of inactivity to the horror of what happened in the cellar of the Ipatiev House that night.