Looks at the lives of the Romanovs through the eyes of Tsar Alexander II and his immediate family. Thus, the reign and fall of Tsar Nicholas II and the ascension of the Bolsheviks to state power are told from the perspectives of Alexander III, Grand Duchess Marie, Grand Duke Serge, Grand Duke Paul, Alexander II's mistress and second wife Catherine Dolgorouky, and the latter's children. Concentrating on the intrigues, personal lives, and politics of the royal family, the author includes 58 portraits, photos, and engravings depicting the lives of the Tsar and his kin. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.