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Having read many books about Rasputin, I am not sure that this book really uncovers too much that has not been speculated on or discussed before However, the author certainly does write a very readable account of Rasputin s life and had access to documents and archives previously closed to researchers This does mean that he can answer questions, such as the actual date of Rasputin s birth and there are many letters he can quote from which give a flavour of the kind of man Rasputin was This is Having read many books about Rasputin, I am not sure that this book really uncovers too much that has not been speculated on or discussed before However, the author certainly does write a very readable account of Rasputin s life and had access to documents and archives previously closed to researchers This does mean that he can answer questions, such as the actual date of Rasputin s birth and there are many letters he can quote from which give a flavour of the kind of man Rasputin was This is really fascinating, for there are few figures in history which have evoked such a passionate response from people positive and negative both during their lifetime and after their death Rasputin, the mad monk , the lover of the Tsarina, the man who ruled the Tsar, the miracle worker, the healer, the charlatan, the hypnotist, the drunk, the lecher and the fraud He was called many things in his time and this is a good and balanced account of his life, which tries to uncover what he was really like.Rasputin was, of course, born a peasant and remained proud of that fact all his life He was virtually illiterate, learning only the basics of reading and writing in adulthood and expected to spend his life in the small village he was born and raised in Instead, as the author vividly writes, when admittedly not totally from choice he went on a pilgrimage he was leaving the confines of a small Siberian village and stepping onto the pages of history It was in the Siberian monastery of Saint Nicholas where he was converted and the monks gave him a crash course in reading and writing He claimed to have a vision on his return to the village and left for another pilgrimage, although his father scoffed that he, became a pilgrim out of laziness It is clear that even his own family suspected his motives and he was constantly dogged by suggestions that he was not sincere, that he has joined a sect, or that he was in league against the Church.Arriving in St Petersburg in 1903, there is little doubt that Rasputin was ambitious and used people to open doors to the socially well connected in the city However, it is not as clear cut as it first seems and although Rasputin took money from his followers, he also gave much away The book obviously concentrates on his relationship with the Tsar and Tsarina once he was introduced to them and the reliance Alexandra felt for Our Friend once she was convinced he could heal her son, Alexei The disastrous combination of a weak Tsar, the guilt of Alexandra, the hemophilia that affected their son and heir and the way Rasputin influenced political decisions, led to him being blamed for virtually all of Russia s problems The author carefully peels away the myths and looks at how much power Rasputin actually had and what influence he played on events.Overall, this is a really interesting read, and a fantastic addition to the books about this remarkable man Reading reports about his drunken, debauched behaviour it is frankly incredible he lived as long as he did Still, he swaggered through society, taking petitions and bribes, sending out notes to all and sundry such as one given to an aspiring opera singer to hand to an official fix it up, she s all right it reads simply and bragging about his relationship with the Old Girl and his influence with the Tsar In a country that was out of control, with Nicholas making disastrous political decisions, a war dragging on and a constantly changing stream of politicians coming in and out of office, it was clear that Rasputin s notoriety was simply too much to be accepted Again, the book looks at his assassination, who was responsible and what results Rasputin s death had If you are interested in who Rasputin was, this book will answer your questions It is amazing that such a man, who by rights should have stayed on the land and lived and died unknown, is still being talked about today I think he would be proud of that fact somehow Every couple of years I read another biography of Gregory Rasputin He remains one of the most fascinating persons of the twentieth century From humble Siberian beginnings, this staret exhibited true spiritual yearnings and seekings that were nevertheless shepherded and shadowed by emotionalism many denounced as profligate He had a true gift for touching hearts as well as other parts of lots of bodies Was this simply lust or a Khlysty like penetration to the essence of being, beyond good and Every couple of years I read another biography of Gregory Rasputin He remains one of the most fascinating persons of the twentieth century From humble Siberian beginnings, this staret exhibited true spiritual yearnings and seekings that were nevertheless shepherded and shadowed by emotionalism many denounced as profligate He had a true gift for touching hearts as well as other parts of lots of bodies Was this simply lust or a Khlysty like penetration to the essence of being, beyond good and evil I don t know and the healing result of his presence around Alexis is undeniable His prescience could have been hypersensitivity both are rare gifts But Rasputin could be a poster boy for that ubiquitous affliction of all Christian charismatics the death of humility From Jim Jones to our present mega millionaire television evangelists, humility seems to be the first, and most profound, casualty of Christian inspiration and gifts But though that loss tarnished his last years and led to his now popular demonization, what brought about his downfall and murder was simply age old class warfare rich and powerful people don t like uppity peasants The Petrograd nobles celebrated his frozen body from the Neva the peasants grumbled they knew the true score Three months later Tsar Nicholas abdicated and several months after that, he and his family were murdered, with government sanction And the nobles still breathing were running for their lives Coincidence Not hardly This book draws upon government archives in Moscow and Siberia including police records, some church records and author Joseph Fuhrann s own work on the wartime letters of Nicholas and Alexandra which he had translated and published in the 1990 s.While Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra emphasizes Rasputin s alleged healing powers, Fuhrmann documents his rise to power Despite his semi literacy, questionable past, heavy drinking and many sexual encounters he rose from a Siberian peasant to the hi This book draws upon government archives in Moscow and Siberia including police records, some church records and author Joseph Fuhrann s own work on the wartime letters of Nicholas and Alexandra which he had translated and published in the 1990 s.While Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra emphasizes Rasputin s alleged healing powers, Fuhrmann documents his rise to power Despite his semi literacy, questionable past, heavy drinking and many sexual encounters he rose from a Siberian peasant to the highest ranks in society by courting and protecting access to the Tsarina.Alexandra s letters to Nicholas illustrate the extent of Rasputin s influence She continually writes her husband of Our Friend s recommendations on government policy and high level appointments Nicholas sometimes hesitated, but he usually deferred While there are a few periods when Rasputin was out of favor he was once sent back to Siberia he knew how to manipulate the Tsarina To defend her staret healer, Alexandra commissioned the book Russian Saints who were Holy Fools.The Romanov s are clearly out on a limb with Rasputin s appointees Those who care about Russia, the monarchy and their work as well as traditional bureaucrats are stunned Many of these appointees led libertine lives, for instance, the Archbishop of Tobolsk was a known cross dresser who had himself photographed in a coffin, no less who held wild parties at his monastery Another was rewarded for clearing Rasputin of charges in one of the investigations into his past Rasputin saw that those who crossed him such as Bishop Hermogen and the monk Iliodor met bad ends With the Tsar at his back, he stacked the church and parts of the government with those who would be loyal to him.Fuhrmann shows how Rasputin s influence was creating unnecessary dissent in a country that needed to be united for war.There is a good description of the murder and the murder night While Fuhrmann cites other published sources, this was the first I had read of possible involvement of the British Secret Service The circumstantial evidence pointing to participation of Oswald Rayner, a British agent, is hard to ignore.There is an interesting account of lives of Rasputin s family and the key players in the aftermath of this death.The book has a good index The list of characters, places and terms is very helpful There are fascinating photographs particularly Khioniya Guseva, his first attempted assassin Rasputin with Bishop Hermogen and the monk Iliodor and a triptych showing the changes in Rasputin from 1909 1913.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this period of Russian history I have had a long fascination and interest in Russian history and have come across Grigori Rasputin in a number of Non Fiction and Fiction books over the years and had always wanted to read a biography about this historical figure who became an influential figure in St Petersburg especially after August 1915 when Tsar Nicholas took command of the army fighting in World War 1 The author Joseph T Fuhramann gives us an extraordinary account Using material from Soviet archives, particularly the c I have had a long fascination and interest in Russian history and have come across Grigori Rasputin in a number of Non Fiction and Fiction books over the years and had always wanted to read a biography about this historical figure who became an influential figure in St Petersburg especially after August 1915 when Tsar Nicholas took command of the army fighting in World War 1 The author Joseph T Fuhramann gives us an extraordinary account Using material from Soviet archives, particularly the correspondence of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, AlexandraLegend portrays Rasputin as the Mad Monk who rampaged through St in an alcoholic haze, making love to scores of women A symbol of excess and religious extremism, he was believed to hold a mysterious power, emanating from his hypnotic eyes, over Tsar Nicolas II and his family The fact that he was neither mad nor a monk has not stopped scores of writers from repeating these and other bogus claimsI was familiar with the story of Rasputin and the Ramanov family and how he was murdered but this account answered a lot of questions that I had about Rasputin s earlier life and his path to St Petersburg I found it extremely well researched, informative and well written The book gives an excellent insight into Rasputin s Siberian background and early years, his introduction to the Romanov Family and his ability to treat prince Alexia s condition of haemophilia which had doctors baffled It also delves into Rasputin s unorthodox religious teachings, sexual practices and his relations with the Empress, including the rumours that they were lovers.I was really interested to learn how he had so much power with decisions concerning political matters and the church.I recommend this book to readers who enjoy Non fiction and have an interest in Russian History Radzinsky s book is still my favorite but Untold Story comes in second I have an extensive Rasputin library Of much interest to me here are the shenanigans of and in the Church, which are covered quite nicely Don t get me started on the war government Evenchaotic than Trump s government Just thing what these incompetents could have with Twitter Of course, everything that could have gone wrong with Nicki s reign did I am oncereminded that I have never understood his passion Radzinsky s book is still my favorite but Untold Story comes in second I have an extensive Rasputin library Of much interest to me here are the shenanigans of and in the Church, which are covered quite nicely Don t get me started on the war government Evenchaotic than Trump s government Just thing what these incompetents could have with Twitter Of course, everything that could have gone wrong with Nicki s reign did I am oncereminded that I have never understood his passion for the German Woman Perhaps she could be pleasant in the privacy of her own home and family, but I doubt it And Praskovaya is worth a book onto herself In the end Fr Grigory with his many faults, was the good guy much of the time Certainly better than the likes of crazy Illidor and Protopopov Started off promising, but devolved into a series of names and dates that were devoid of interest The tome insists that the world might be better off had Rasputin never been born, but Rasputin was just an opportunist Nicholas was passive and his wife was a domineering, unstable ostrich Rasputin was a layered player on that scene, and he didn t always have evil at heart. Author Joseph Fuhrmann has done extensive research on Grigory Rasputin, the supposed mad monk of Russia This book has many new not seen photos of Rasputin Very interesting knowledgeable This book tells of his life as a young peasant evolves into his life as the noted healer friend to Nicolas Alexandra His involvement with the Tsar his wife helped to bring down the Empire The strange life of Rasputin is told from his birth to his horrible murder He had the uncanny ability to Author Joseph Fuhrmann has done extensive research on Grigory Rasputin, the supposed mad monk of Russia This book has many new not seen photos of Rasputin Very interesting knowledgeable This book tells of his life as a young peasant evolves into his life as the noted healer friend to Nicolas Alexandra His involvement with the Tsar his wife helped to bring down the Empire The strange life of Rasputin is told from his birth to his horrible murder He had the uncanny ability to see what was to occur, even knew he was to be killed Furhmann has gone thru many closed archived records, letters, police reports has come up with a very intimate look at the life of Rasputin His book on the Siberian mystic healer is very detailed, includes all the politics shows how the Tsar lost all his credibility with his Russia doomed his family, how their fateful meeting befriending of Rasputin sealed his fate This is a biography of Gregory Rasputin Born a peasant in Siberia, he became religious and powerful as he befriended Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra He was often manipulative and many people hated him He was murdered shortly before the revolution when the Romanovs were murdered themselves This was very good and seemed to be well researched The author apparently was able to get to some documents and files that had not before been released It s an interesting story, as a whole, and w This is a biography of Gregory Rasputin Born a peasant in Siberia, he became religious and powerful as he befriended Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra He was often manipulative and many people hated him He was murdered shortly before the revolution when the Romanovs were murdered themselves This was very good and seemed to be well researched The author apparently was able to get to some documents and files that had not before been released It s an interesting story, as a whole, and while parts of the story do focus on Nicholas and Alexandra, where Rasputin was, what he was doing, and his influence on the Romanovs was what the book was about There were a few less interesting parts for me mostly the politics but overall, I thought it was very good and well worth reading for anyone interested in the Romanovs {Free E-pub} Ü Rasputin: The Untold Story º Based on new sources the definitive biography of Rasputin, with revelations about his life, death, and involvement with the RomanovsA century after his death, Grigory Rasputin remains fascinating the Russian peasant with hypnotic eyes who befriended Tsar Nicholas II and helped destroy the Russian Empire, but the truth about his strange life has never fully been told Written by the world s leading authority on Rasputin, this new biography draws on previously closed Soviet archives to offer new information on Rasputin s relationship with Empress Alexandra, sensational revelations about his sexual conquests, a re examination of his murder, andBased on long closed Soviet archives and the author s decades of research, encompassing sources ranging from baptismal records and forgotten police reports to notes written by Rasputin and personal lettersReveals new information on Rasputin s family history and strange early life, religious beliefs, and multitudinous sexual adventures as well as his relationship with Empress Alexandra, ability to heal the haemophiliac tsarevich, and Includes many previously unpublished photos, including contemporary studio photographs of Rasputin and samples of his handwritingWritten by historian Joesph T Fuhrmann, a Rasputin expert whosebiography Rasputin A Life was widely praised as the best on the subjectSynthesizing archival sources with published documents, memoirs, and other studies of Rasputin into a single, comprehensive work, Rasputin The Untold Story will correct a century s worth of misconception and error about the life and death of the famous Siberian mystic and healer and the decline and fall of Imperial Russia There is no pleasing me The last several history books I reviewed have received negative comments about the fantasy portions and authors opinions given as authority This book erred the opposite direction The Romanovs, particularly the final years, are the world s most interesting subject to me To have this book be a dry recitation of facts, woodenly textbook in its chronological statement of bald facts, is astonishing to me Yes, there is new information, primarilybackground info on t There is no pleasing me The last several history books I reviewed have received negative comments about the fantasy portions and authors opinions given as authority This book erred the opposite direction The Romanovs, particularly the final years, are the world s most interesting subject to me To have this book be a dry recitation of facts, woodenly textbook in its chronological statement of bald facts, is astonishing to me Yes, there is new information, primarilybackground info on this pivotal figure The big reveal is information from the autopsy giving his actual cause of death I forced myself to finish, finding the book worked best as a replacement for sleeping pills