Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
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Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs

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On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure

A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet.

But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin's life and death has remained shrouded in myth. A major new work that combines probing scholarship and powerful storytelling, Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity--man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

Title:Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0374240841
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:848 pages

    Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs Reviews

  • Steven Z.
    Feb 13, 2017

    The other day I heard a talking head quip that Steve Bannon was Donald Trump’s Rasputin. Recently I have brought myself up to speed on Mr. Bannon and there really does seem to be some similarities, ...

  • Nancy Oakes
    Dec 18, 2016

    Finished at 3 a.m.; I'll post soon. This just might be the most comprehensive study of Rasputin that's out there, and I do mean comprehensive, but my tired brain isn't up to thought right now. ...

  • Carolyn
    Nov 29, 2016

    The essential book for the historian and scholar researching the life and influence of Rasputin and the end of the Romanov dynasty. 5 starsA formidable book (of over 800 pages)for the more casual read...

  • Simona
    Feb 23, 2017

    The book is a comprehensive record of Rasputin's whole life, with the focus on his relationship to the imperial family. Biography is based on a different sources and documents, and where is a source v...

  • Chrissie
    Oct 26, 2016

    This or Rasputin: The Untold Story or The Rasputin File? I have chosen to read Rasputin: The Untold Story first. I do wish Robert K. Massie would write a book just on Rasputin. ...

  • Hillary Shepard
    Mar 14, 2017

    This book is less for the casual interest in Rasputin and more for the here is every single thing you could ever want to know, and why its true. It's an incredibly researched book. It must have close ...

  • Lukas Evan
    Jan 27, 2017

    I'm not sure why reading a 700 page biography of Rasputin seemed like a good idea. ...

  • Michael
    Dec 31, 2016

    Meticulously researched, elegantly written biography of the infamous Rasputin, the so called "Mad Monk/Holy Devil" whose influence (or at least his perceived influence) over Nicholas II and Alexandra ...

  • Owlseyes
    Dec 20, 2016

    RASPUTINFaith, Power, and the Twilight of the RomanovsIn: http://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374......

  • Kayla O'Regan
    May 23, 2017

    This book is not successful as a biography of Rasputin, but works as a broader exploration of the context in Russia that saw to Rasputin's rise and fall. This aspect of the work was fascinating: how h...

About Douglas Smith

Douglas   Smith

Douglas Smith is an awarding-winning historian and translator and the author of four books on Russia. He studied German and Russian at the University of Vermont and has a doctorate in history from UCLA.Over the past twenty-five years Smith has made many trips to Russia. In the 1980s, he was a Russian-speaking guide on the U. S. State Department’s exhibition “Information USA” that traveled througho