The Race to Save the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport

The Race to Save the Romanovs

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".

Details The Race to Save the Romanovs

TitleThe Race to Save the Romanovs
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Cultural, Russia, Historical, Biography, Russian History, Romanovs

Reviews The Race to Save the Romanovs

  • Dem
    As the 100th year Anniversary of the deaths of the Romanov family approaches I wanted to read another book 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 is an acclaimed historian and researcher has written in my opini...
  • 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 main...
  • Janet
    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 ...
  • Gill Paul
    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 fa...
  • Terri Wangard
    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 be...
  • Jill Meyer
    "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 ...
  • Kristi Thielen
    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 countr...
  • Michelle Ule
    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 wer...
  • Geoffrey
    (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 Eur...
  • Mandy
    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 exami...
  • Linda
    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 i...
  • Carolyn Harris
    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...
  • Vigee
    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 ...
  • John Walker
    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 ...
  • Douglas Osler
    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.
  • Steve
    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.
  • Marguerite
    Concentrate, concentrate. I prefer to use this book as a reference.