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Grigori Rasputin Rasputin began life as a peasant in the poorest reaches of Siberia and ended his life as the virtual second-in-command of Tsarist Russia. How did he achieve such a rapid change in fortunes? Was it through palace intrigue or magic and mind control? Or perhaps, the causes were a combination of hypnosis and haemophilia? The tsar's son Nicholas had been born w Grigori Rasputin Rasputin began life as a peasant in the poorest reaches of Siberia and ended his life as the virtual second-in-command of Tsarist Russia. How did he achieve such a rapid change in fortunes? Was it through palace intrigue or magic and mind control? Or perhaps, the causes were a combination of hypnosis and haemophilia? The tsar's son Nicholas had been born with the dreaded "royal disease" otherwise known as the blood clotting deficiency named haemophilia. The slightest cut or scrape could be life-threatening for the young boy. The self-proclaimed healer managed to convince the royal family that he was the only way that their son would stay alive. With a role this vital, there was no way that Rasputin would be dropped from the imperial payroll anytime soon. Inside you will read about... - From Peasant Monk to Royal Holy Man - Rasputin's Miracle - Immoral Rumors - Rasputin's Banishment - Rasputin During World War I - The End of Rasputin's Reign And much more! Through intrigue, divine intervention, or perhaps just the sheer force of his personality, he forever cemented his place in Russian history. Read about the mad monk turned master minister-read about the astonishing rise and fall that comprised the life of Grigori Rasputin.


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Grigori Rasputin Rasputin began life as a peasant in the poorest reaches of Siberia and ended his life as the virtual second-in-command of Tsarist Russia. How did he achieve such a rapid change in fortunes? Was it through palace intrigue or magic and mind control? Or perhaps, the causes were a combination of hypnosis and haemophilia? The tsar's son Nicholas had been born w Grigori Rasputin Rasputin began life as a peasant in the poorest reaches of Siberia and ended his life as the virtual second-in-command of Tsarist Russia. How did he achieve such a rapid change in fortunes? Was it through palace intrigue or magic and mind control? Or perhaps, the causes were a combination of hypnosis and haemophilia? The tsar's son Nicholas had been born with the dreaded "royal disease" otherwise known as the blood clotting deficiency named haemophilia. The slightest cut or scrape could be life-threatening for the young boy. The self-proclaimed healer managed to convince the royal family that he was the only way that their son would stay alive. With a role this vital, there was no way that Rasputin would be dropped from the imperial payroll anytime soon. Inside you will read about... - From Peasant Monk to Royal Holy Man - Rasputin's Miracle - Immoral Rumors - Rasputin's Banishment - Rasputin During World War I - The End of Rasputin's Reign And much more! Through intrigue, divine intervention, or perhaps just the sheer force of his personality, he forever cemented his place in Russian history. Read about the mad monk turned master minister-read about the astonishing rise and fall that comprised the life of Grigori Rasputin.

30 review for Grigori Rasputin: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    This was a very interesting book about the "mad monk". How he came from Siberia, his motivation, the influence he gained at the royal court, the assassination attempt on him and his final demise. Easy to read but very informative chapters give you a clear picture of this enigmatic and controversial character. Really recommended! This was a very interesting book about the "mad monk". How he came from Siberia, his motivation, the influence he gained at the royal court, the assassination attempt on him and his final demise. Easy to read but very informative chapters give you a clear picture of this enigmatic and controversial character. Really recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    This filled in missing info for me British Rasputin:A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History pieced together information that I lacked about this strange self proclaimed monk. Lots of strange activity, meetings, and followers. He was even considered strange then!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    The mystique and glamour of Grigory Rasputin has been brought pretty succinctly in this offering from Hourly History. His proximity to the royal family, his rise to fame, his mercurial life and his final downfall have been outlined in an effective manner.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Gives you the basics of his life but a lot of detail missing from his death...

  5. 4 out of 5

    J

    I have been collecting a bunch of the Hourly History digital books for free since I found out that they provide them every Friday if you sign-up for the list. The list of subjects covered is amazingly diverse whether it is about a place, an event or even individuals that most people have even a glancing knowledge of while I can't wait to get started on reading my whole library of them. Anyway the reason why I got started on my Hourly History books with the one on Rasputin wasn't since I enjoy t I have been collecting a bunch of the Hourly History digital books for free since I found out that they provide them every Friday if you sign-up for the list. The list of subjects covered is amazingly diverse whether it is about a place, an event or even individuals that most people have even a glancing knowledge of while I can't wait to get started on reading my whole library of them. Anyway the reason why I got started on my Hourly History books with the one on Rasputin wasn't since I enjoy the guy or really wanted to know more about him. It was more like we were traveling to Wichita and had reached Emporia when the radio cut out while we couldn't find a good station to replace it. And so having gotten to see Rasputin in the animated version of Anastasia my fiance and I both ended up agreeing to a book while this seemed to be an interesting choice. First of all the book didn't really take an hour and that is including some pauses for us although they weren't too lengthy. When comparing the amount of information included and the time that is suggested for the reading these books are truly tiny powerhouses of information to be savored. The format is also the clincher for me on this book. There was a small introduction about the man while the publisher brought up some questions that makes the reader to start thinking about the person they are getting ready to meet. Then from there the book takes the reader into chapters that mark the most important events and milestones within his life while since this is Rasputin we are talking about there is also the Russian history that inevitably was tied up with him. Each of these presenting chapters has a nice and bold title introducing the reader to what may be found within the title while this is followed by a quote that is also related to the information. Sometimes the quote was from Rasputin but at other times it was from others who were making comments about the background events that were brewing or even of the man. All in all it was a book that was truly enjoyable even if I couldn't pronounce half the names. For history buffs and those looking to get to know more about Rasputin I would really recommend this book as it is a quick read and although the information may not be totally new it is presented in a way to get you to think more while enjoying the information that you didn't know.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stefan

    Since I was a kid, and finding out that the man Boney M sang about in their song “Rasputin” was a real person, I have been interested in the story of Grigori Rasputin. Strange where you get ideas and interests from. Although I had a keen interest, I never really found a book I wanted to read to get his entire story line. I wanted the main story, but really didn't want a large history text book on his life either. Many years later, ta-da, I happened upon this little gem. This gave me pretty much wh Since I was a kid, and finding out that the man Boney M sang about in their song “Rasputin” was a real person, I have been interested in the story of Grigori Rasputin. Strange where you get ideas and interests from. Although I had a keen interest, I never really found a book I wanted to read to get his entire story line. I wanted the main story, but really didn't want a large history text book on his life either. Many years later, ta-da, I happened upon this little gem. This gave me pretty much what I was looking for. I knew some/most of the history, but this filled in a bunch of things that were “foggy”. Quick and easy read. I will definitely be looking into more of these short little history books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    History7teacher

    A bizarre story! I only knew the briefest facts about Rasputin, before I read this book. Wow! What a bizarre fellow he was! And only him, but the fawning, gullible people who loved him and hated him. He seems to have brought Russia’s worst problems into sharp relief. The story was written well. It kept my interest completely. Great little read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    Thank you for the photo of Rasputin.  I'd always heard he had intense eyes that bored into whomever he was evaluating.  The cover photo certainly gives credence to that opinion.  Early on in his life, Grigori Rasputin was a rabble-rouser and defier of authority.  He seems to have had a fascinating life.  However, it is Rasputin's death (when it finally came) that defies belief.  I had to re-read parts, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Although Rasputin was a seriously-flawed human, Russians Thank you for the photo of Rasputin.  I'd always heard he had intense eyes that bored into whomever he was evaluating.  The cover photo certainly gives credence to that opinion.  Early on in his life, Grigori Rasputin was a rabble-rouser and defier of authority.  He seems to have had a fascinating life.  However, it is Rasputin's death (when it finally came) that defies belief.  I had to re-read parts, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Although Rasputin was a seriously-flawed human, Russians used him as a scapegoat for the problems occurring in the country at that time.  Rasputin is an interesting character and Hourly History did a great job sharing his uniqueness with the reader.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Den Boer

    History of Russia’s Rasputin Interesting history of a mystic and the name is known world wide, includes history of Russia during Rasputin’s life time which was informative.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Anyone with a little bit of knowledge about Russian history will undoubtedly know about the ultimate demise of the Romanov imperial reign and their assassination at the hands of the Red Army, while being detained at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia on July 17, 1918. They would also definitely be familiar with the mystic monk that made his way from the frozen Siberian steppes to the Imperial Palace in St Petersburg. Much has been attributed to the influence of Grigori Rasputin on the Ro Anyone with a little bit of knowledge about Russian history will undoubtedly know about the ultimate demise of the Romanov imperial reign and their assassination at the hands of the Red Army, while being detained at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia on July 17, 1918. They would also definitely be familiar with the mystic monk that made his way from the frozen Siberian steppes to the Imperial Palace in St Petersburg. Much has been attributed to the influence of Grigori Rasputin on the Royal House of Romanov. Some things have been documented and many others remain, to this day, pure speculation. He is one of those figures from history that stand out and speaks to your imagination. Was he the salacious manipulator, adored by women of all classes, or was that tidbit of the scandal created, fueled, and distributed publically by one or more of his many enemies. One must see and accept the weak and fragile state of the imperial power, and particularly Tsar Nicholas II’s fitness to lead his country out of the past and into the Twentieth Century, to ascertain the power and influence Rasputin had to sway political decisions and actions. World War I has to be recognized as a major catalyst in speeding up the inevitable downfall of the Russian aristocracy. I found this abbreviated life summary of this mystical and manipulative man very interesting. It raised many more questions than answers but it does inspire me to glean more about this dark, bearded figure known as Grigori Rasputin.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Ann

    This short read of approximately fifty pages can be read in an hour or less. As such, it cannot be considered a comprehensive review of “The Mad Monk’s” life. It is one of the better books in this history series. The book begins with Rasputin’s life as a troubled child born in a small village in Siberia. He had many clandestine meetings with his followers, many of whom were women. Rasputin soon developed a reputation as a womanizer. On the other hand, his banishment to a monastery led to the deve This short read of approximately fifty pages can be read in an hour or less. As such, it cannot be considered a comprehensive review of “The Mad Monk’s” life. It is one of the better books in this history series. The book begins with Rasputin’s life as a troubled child born in a small village in Siberia. He had many clandestine meetings with his followers, many of whom were women. Rasputin soon developed a reputation as a womanizer. On the other hand, his banishment to a monastery led to the development of a mystical streak. Rasputin had a habit of carrying out everything in his life to extreme limits. When the monk cured the Tsar and Tsarina’s son, his history of miracles emerged to become a factor. Rasputin would divide the Greek Orthodox church into factions. He soon found himself surrounded by enemies. During his life, he found himself in and out of favor with the Russian monarchy as well as the common populace. His ability to work miracles protected him from harm many times. He reportedly survived an assassination attempt by poison, only to be shot while making his escape. The combination of factors including World War I and its effect on the Russian populace would eventually doom the Russian government. This book will give readers a decent overview of Rasputin’s colorful life and role in twentieth-century Russian history. It whets the appetite and interested readers can move on to more comprehensive studies.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurence Harper

    A good overview, but lacks important details. I found the book a good a fast synopsis of Rasputin. A few more details should have gone into the book, and some facts in the book , do not coincide with “facts” from other sources. For example, after being shot Rasputin ran to one of channels in St. Petersburg, was caught but his assassins. He was thrown into the river, went under the ice, and down river tried to crawl out. Also by all accounts he was introduced to the Alexandra by her close companio A good overview, but lacks important details. I found the book a good a fast synopsis of Rasputin. A few more details should have gone into the book, and some facts in the book , do not coincide with “facts” from other sources. For example, after being shot Rasputin ran to one of channels in St. Petersburg, was caught but his assassins. He was thrown into the river, went under the ice, and down river tried to crawl out. Also by all accounts he was introduced to the Alexandra by her close companion Anna.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nihal Lele

    Rasputin is one person who is thought of practicing dark arts. He was able to save more than three people of the king's family by the touch of his hand. And in the end, when some people tried to kill him by adding cyanide in the food he was eating, he was immune to the poison. Just shows that he was truly a great monk. The book talks more about his villainy with people rather than what he actually did to the political system of Russia. Even though he interrupted in the ruling politics, the book n Rasputin is one person who is thought of practicing dark arts. He was able to save more than three people of the king's family by the touch of his hand. And in the end, when some people tried to kill him by adding cyanide in the food he was eating, he was immune to the poison. Just shows that he was truly a great monk. The book talks more about his villainy with people rather than what he actually did to the political system of Russia. Even though he interrupted in the ruling politics, the book never tells how he actually did that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I love reading books about historical figures. Even Rasputin. The Hourly History books are very enjoyable to listen to, especially when the narrator has a British accent. This book was was full of detail in a very concise manner. It wasn't full of gossipy tidbits like some books. It was factual but not in a boring lecturing kind of way. I highly recommend not only this book but the entire line of Hourly History. I love reading books about historical figures. Even Rasputin. The Hourly History books are very enjoyable to listen to, especially when the narrator has a British accent. This book was was full of detail in a very concise manner. It wasn't full of gossipy tidbits like some books. It was factual but not in a boring lecturing kind of way. I highly recommend not only this book but the entire line of Hourly History.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This was not a scholarly book but an amateur writing by someone who had done wide reading but little concrete research it seemed. Although the life of Rasputin is not well documented and there are many rumors surrounding him, everything seem to be included with no supporting evidence. I felt like I was just getting more of the rumors then the actual facts. This was something that I could learn myself and find better reporting on something like Wikipedia. Interesting but not reliable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eugene VANDELSEN

    I thought I knew Rasputin' s story! I have a special interest for the Hourly History's way of making me acquainted with History. I have not been disappointed and , yes, I thought I knew Rasputin's story very well, but Hourly History showed me there was still so much more I could learn. I thought I knew Rasputin' s story! I have a special interest for the Hourly History's way of making me acquainted with History. I have not been disappointed and , yes, I thought I knew Rasputin's story very well, but Hourly History showed me there was still so much more I could learn.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Howard

    Informative and Fast Readung Material This book contains information which various sources have cited. The material is quickly assembled into a tale of Rasputin's life and provides an interesting fast read. I would have given more stars had the book been longer. Informative and Fast Readung Material This book contains information which various sources have cited. The material is quickly assembled into a tale of Rasputin's life and provides an interesting fast read. I would have given more stars had the book been longer.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Great small book Great small book to give the receiver some understanding of the politics of Russia during this important time in world history. The mad monk was a mysterious character, hate him or love him, his so-called miracles and predictions does make one think.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bella Marie

    I bought it cause I was interested in the life of the last tsar for a moment. It was interesting and well written but I already knew some of the information the book provide. This is my first biography.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rubin Carpenter

    A Biography of an Usual man This Biography of the Russian Monk was strange with all kinds of unusual circumstances I've read Biographies before but not like this it has stirred my interest to pursue more about this point in history A Biography of an Usual man This Biography of the Russian Monk was strange with all kinds of unusual circumstances I've read Biographies before but not like this it has stirred my interest to pursue more about this point in history

  21. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Lygrisse

    Concise history This was a good overview of the life of an interesting individual. While much is said of him, it seems it is always shrouded in mystery. This book helps give a better neutral overview. Would recommend it’s reading

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Ambruso

    Interesting book I enjoyed reading about this bizarre man. It's difficult to believe this is all true, proving once again that truth is stranger than fiction. Interesting book I enjoyed reading about this bizarre man. It's difficult to believe this is all true, proving once again that truth is stranger than fiction.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I'm creeped out by this man's story. What a nasty, evil man. yuck... the book, however, was incredibly well written. I'm creeped out by this man's story. What a nasty, evil man. yuck... the book, however, was incredibly well written.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Attana

    Informative. Very interesting little book. Quite detailed and yet easy to read. An hour of time we'll spent. Thank you. Amen Informative. Very interesting little book. Quite detailed and yet easy to read. An hour of time we'll spent. Thank you. Amen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Memorable! What a work! Well resented and informative. Have read many accounts of this man, but this was the best one .

  26. 5 out of 5

    David W.

    Wizard Good brief review & summary if Rasputien’s life. Appreciate that as a summary it did nit go into extra specific details of the many rumors & stories about him as a mystic.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paul Fox

    Rasputin lives. A nice summation of the many characters and the situation s as they occurred in history through out our world.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deepak Dewan

    Short but good historical facts about the important events in Russia and Rasputin.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Upendra Awasthi

    Mysterious Mysterious story is although hearsay on many parts yet informative of a chapter of Russian history which has its own impact on world.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Interesting

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