A UK Reader Reviews “Rasputin and The Jews”
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening and Valuable Counter-Portrait of Rasputin 4 Sep 2012
This is an excellent and fascinating, page-turning book. It passionately communicates the generous, kindly, genuinely religious, philanthropic and unmaterialistic side of Rasputin – a side which has traditionally been underplayed or shamelessly hidden by exaggerated propaganda against this strange and gifted man. The book also graphically portrays the sufferings of the downtrodden Jewish people in Russia at the time of Rasputin and shows how he repeatedly tried to intercede on their behalf with the Tsar, as well as on behalf of all oppressed minorities. I think that if one reads this book together with ‘Rasputin: The Last Word’ or ‘The Rasputin File’, one will have a rounded, balanced picture of this remarkable mystic and healer. It is true that in the last three years of his life, he seems to have lost much of his moral/ spiritual compass (under the pressure of world war, assassination attempts and constant propaganda against him); before that, however, he appears overwhelmingly to have been a truly good human being (albeit with flaws – and who of us does not possess those?). I recommend this book warmly and thank the author for writing it.