By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
October 13, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra

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The story of the Romanovs is endlessly fascinating to academics and armchair historians alike, perhaps because it reads like a fairy tale come to life, complete with all the melodramatic trappings: power, passion, politics, and tragedy, played out in a faraway land. Given such visual grandeur, few historical subjects lend themselves to illustrations as elegantly as the days just before the Russian revolution, and Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra‘s photographs, many previously unpublished, establish both the richness of an era when Fabergé was a household name and the complete devastation that followed. The only quibble with Tsar is that it’s a page-turner packaged as a coffee-table book: too big to curl up with, too interesting — and often disturbing — to merely flip through. That said, make room on your lap however you can. A

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