This narrative nonfiction book tells the story of how the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their children came to power and ultimately lost it by being horrifically executed in 1918 after a revolution had changed the country forever. The book focuses not only on the imperial family but on the other people living in Russia at the time, including the peasants and nobles. It was very interesting to see how differently people lived depending on their station and I found many ways to relate to this book in terms of our own time with the great divide between rich and poor in the United States. The book provides plenty of facts and descriptions so you feel like you understand all of the rather complex social and political happenings of this tumultuous time. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history and historical figures, particularly of imperial Russia. Russia is often in the news so it is fascinating to see how much the country has changed over the past century.