At last a book about the so-called “Mad Monk” of Imperial Russia that lays to rest the myths and reveals the truth about one of the most controversial characters in human history while exploring the impact his murder had on a dynasty, a people, and a country.
Written in three parts, KILLING RASPUTIN begins with a biography that describes how a simple unkempt “holy man” from the wilds of Siberia became a friend of Emperor Nicholas II and his empress, Alexandra, at the most crucial moment in Russian history. Part Two examines the infamous murder of Rasputin through the lens of a “cold case” homicide investigation. And lastly, the book considers the connection between a cold-blooded assassination and the revolution that followed; a revolution that led to civil war and the rise of the Soviet Union. ~Goodreads Blurb
This is not a light read. It's no War & Peace but you will need time to finish this book. To understand and appreciate the sheer amount of work that author Margarita Nelipa had to sift through to form this book. With over 500 pages and over 3 times as many footnotes, this is an informative read. Though at times, it was difficult to find the story line through all additional facts. This is not her first book and yet she seems to fall into a rather common trait shared by first time nonfiction writers. She took all that time to find and fact check all of her information and has crammed all of it into one book.
That is not to say that it wasn't an enjoyable read. I was able to walk away with more of an understanding of the man and the times. The mythos of Rasputin is one that the world has taken great joy in painting as a villain and I feel as though Nelipa has taken a different stance from the usual to explain him and at times to defend what we know of him. Well written and well worth the time it will take you to read through it. I would recommend this to those who enjoy reading about Russian history and I think True Crime readers will also get a kick out of this book.
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