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


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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:848 pages

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

  • Chrissie
    Nov 01, 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. ...

  • Abimelech Abimelech
    Dec 31, 2016

    An absolute masterpiece and one hell of a way to usher in 2017. Many notes, review here for fun or elsewhere in time....

  • Arya Stark
    Dec 03, 2016

    This was abit of a weird one to get through after an amazing start the book quicly became a chore to get through.I have always been curious about Rasputin ever since I first heard about him in school ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Gerard Villegas
    Dec 10, 2016

    Whether he was a saint or a sinner, Russian holy man and enigmatic figure Rasputin was a fascinating figure in history. Coming from a peasant background, he rose to the ranks of religious zealot brand...

  • Joerg Frankenberger
    Dec 13, 2016

    there are books written with passion and then there are books written with a purpose ... 'Rasputin' is of the latter variety. 700+ pages are necessary to prove that history as reported to date was wro...

  • Tim Anderson-Bonsor
    Dec 27, 2016

    Very well researched, providing facts that other researchers hadn't bothered to find (according to the author – who seems very keen to make this clear). This book destroys many stories that are comm...

  • Linda
    Jan 04, 2017

    This extensively-researched book is a must read for anyone interested in Russian history, and the role Rasputin played in it....

  • Phil
    Dec 30, 2016

    BrilliantScholarly and highly readable, this biography of "the mad monk" will change the way you think about Rasputin and the end of the Romanov dynasty. ...

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