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December 16, 2012

Review of Rasputin and The Jews by writer/blogger Kate Brauning.

Kate Brauning

Grigory Rasputin has long been a legendary figure, surrounded by sensational stories of power, wealth, and extravagances. Hold on to that thought, because I will return to it shortly.

I am generally interested in good nonfiction, provided that it isn’t dry, dusty going. Having just finished Rasputin and the Jews: A Reversal of History by Delin Colon, I have to recommend it as a stellar piece of nonfiction for several reasons.

First, the writing itself is impressive. Her skills as a writer aid her argumentation as well as the reader’s experience. Delin is articulate and her smooth sentences make for uninterpreted reading. Though the book is compact, it is not difficult reading because every paragraph matters and generally each one reveals some new and previously-unknown element of Rasputin’s life.

Second, the book is fascinating. The fall of the Romanov Empire, the folly and evils of the aristocracy, the…

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