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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Crawford, Rosemary Crawford Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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He was Grand Duke Michael, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the beautiful twice-divorced daughter of a Moscow lawyer. Everything was wrong…yet for Michael, it was love at first sight—an obsession that would lead to disgrace, humiliation, and exile. Their scandalous love affair and their runaway marriage to Vienna in 1912, trailed by the Tsar’s secret police, caused uproar in Russia and was the talk in all of Europe.

Based on hundreds of letters long hidden in the Russian state archive, as well as Michael’s private diaries held by the Forbes Collection, here is an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told. Michael and Natasha is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This thoroughly researched work contains enough intimate details to satisfy the romantic, enough hard facts to please the casual historian.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] compelling, well-researched account of an aspect of Russian history not widely known. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] genuinely moving story…Given this intimate and persuasive account of a decent, honest man, readers cannot help but wonder about the course of history if only Michael, and not Nicholas, had been tsar.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • "Where domestic discord and scandalous extramarital adventures are concerned, Russia's Romanov dynasty could more than hold its own with England's House of Windsor."

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alice | 1/8/2013

    " True account of the last of the Romanov Tsars. Very detailed and pretty boring; skim read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kellie | 11/6/2011

    " A bio on the Tsar that never was and his commoner wife. Lovely love story with an unfortunate ending. It's also very difficult to find biography's on the more junior members of the family so I felt it was quite a find when I bought it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Avril | 8/30/2011

    " Excellent work on the younger brother of Nicholas II. Detailed account of the days leading up to the revolution and formation of the provisional government highlighting Michael's movements, which are usually consist of a few brief sentences in other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gretchen | 2/14/2011

    " An interesting point of view and analysis of a little known figure. Makes the whole Romanov catastrophe that much more tragic since it destroyed the lives of Michael and Natasha. "

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About the Author

Rosemary Crawford is a British journalist and former society columnist specializing in European royalty. She lives in England.