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Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia
 
 
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Michael Farquhar.
Publisher Random House  
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ISBN 9780812979053
Pages/Publication Date 349/2014
Daedalus Item Code 49577
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"Michael Farquhar doesn't write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does," Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten once opined. "He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin's smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might." Also the author of A Treasury of Royal Scandals, A Treasury of Great American Scandals, and A Treasury of Deception—anybody sensing a trend here?—Farquhar here rolls out the Romanovs, whose 300-year reign was remarkable for its shocking violence, spectacular excess, and unimaginable venality. We meet Catherine the Great, with her endless parade of virile young lovers (none of them of the equine variety); her unhinged son Paul I, who ordered the bones of one of his mother's paramours dug out of its grave and tossed into a gorge; and Grigori Rasputin, the "Mad Monk," whose mesmeric domination of the last of the Romanov tsars helped lead to the monarchy's undoing. From Peter the Great's penchant for personally beheading his recalcitrant subjects (he kept the severed head of one of his mistresses pickled in alcohol) to Nicholas and Alexandra's demise at the hands of the Bolsheviks, Farquhar captures all the splendor and infamy that was Imperial Russia.
 
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