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One woman's experience of love, loss and imprisonment in Russia

Advantages: Stark retelling of an often unhappy life
Disadvantages: None

... Lina Prokoviev Lina Prokofiev was born Carlina Codina in Madrid in 1897, and spent most of her childhood in New York. This book is a biography of her, based largely on her previously unpublished letters. The book After making her stage deb ...

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Review of The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev: The Story of Lina and Serge Prokofiev - Simon Morrison

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A doomed couple and their family

Advantages: Brings the main personalities to life well
Disadvantages: Possibly more for the specialist than the casual reader

...The bare facts of Nicholas and Alexandra’s sorry saga are familiar enough. They had four healthy daughters, their longed-for son and heir Alexis was haemophilic, bruised easily, and lived in perpetual danger of a fatal haemorrhage. Rasputin, ‘the mad monk ...

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Review of A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas & Alexandra - Sergei Mironenko, Andrei Maylunas

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The realities of a revolution

Advantages: Totally factual
Disadvantages: You already know the ending

No matter what history tells us about revolutions and civil unrest, it rarely gets to be so graphically and heartbreakingly portrayed. Through the private diaries and letters of the Romanov family, colleagues and friends you begin to walk hand in hand ...

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A Family Tragedy

Advantages: Informative,well laid out,a new angle on well-known events
Disadvantages: A huge book - takes a while to get through it.

The events of the Russian Revolution are well documented.We know about the fall of the Tsarist regime and the rise of Communism.And we know what happened to the last Tsar,Nicholas II,and his family at the hands of the Bolsheviks. This impressive book put ...

Suzan 18.10.2000 · Read full review
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Booze, Birds, Bastards....It's Got Em All

Advantages: An Amazing Insight Into a Contraversial Band
Disadvantages: Mick Could Have Been More Exciting!

...I was recently in Melbourne walking about the place, as you do and I walked past a bookstore. A man was stood outside with a Microphone, talking about all the books the shop sold. I wasn't interested until I heard the words "Motley Crue" and "Autobiograph ...

AnarchyInTheUk 05.06.2003 · Read full review
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Review of The Dirt - Motley Crue - Mick Mars

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