Modern history

The Romanovs: the Final Chapter

The Romanovs: the Final Chapter

In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if these were their remains, where were the bones of the two younger Romanovs supposedly murdered with the rest of the family? Was Anna Anderson, celebrated for more than sixty years in newspapers, books, and film, really Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs provides the answers, describing in suspenseful detail the dramatic efforts to discover the truth. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie presents a colorful panorama of contemporary characters, illuminating the major scientific dispute between Russian experts and a team of Americans, whose findings, along with those of DNA scientists from Russia, America, and Great Britain, all contributed to solving one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century.

Part I: THE BONES

Chapter 1: Down Twenty-three Steps

Chapter 2: Approved by Moscow

Chapter 3: Let Me Find Nothing

Chapter 4: A Character from Gogol

Chapter 5: Secretary Baker

Chapter 6: Curious About Death

Chapter 7: The Ekaterinburg Conference

Chapter 8: At the Frontiers of Knowledge

Chapter 9: Dr. Maples Versus Dr. Gill

Chapter 10: Ekaterinburg Confronts Its Past

Chapter 11: Investigator Soloviev

Chapter 12: Burying the Tsar

Part II: ANNA ANDERSON

Chapter 13: The Impostors

Chapter 14: The Claimant

Chapter 15: A Matter of Family Honor

Chapter 16: These People Have No Standing

Chapter 17: As Good as the People Using It

Chapter 18: The Cleverest of the Four Children

Part III: THE SURVIVORS

Chapter 19: The Romanov Emigres

Part IV: THE IPATIEV HOUSE

Chapter 20: Seventy-eight Days

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