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Re: Born in the Purple by Paul Gilbert (upcoming OTMA book)
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2010, 06:31:50 AM »
I fervently hope he found more and more rare pictures of the siblings. 

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« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2010, 07:07:14 AM »
I agree with Robert and Ortino. There really isn't anything new to be said about the girls, unless Mr Gilbert has unearthed a hitherto-undiscovered stash of letters or diaries (unlikely).

No, I don't suppose it is likely. I guess his angle would be that there hasn't been a book written about the siblings collectively with all their information compiled into one book. They are always mentioned in books about their parents or perhaps individually like the Olga diary book or Anastasia's Album. I can't recall if there has been any such book published before...?

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Re: Born in the Purple by Paul Gilbert (upcoming OTMA book)
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2010, 07:24:25 AM »
As I far as I know, there's no book exclusive for OTMA yet published, unless "Born in the Purple" would be done.
There are very many things to know about OTMA not revealed yet..maybe from memoirs of unknown servants.

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Re: Born in the Purple by Paul Gilbert (upcoming OTMA book)
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2010, 07:29:17 AM »
OR, if he is indeed waiting until the reburial of the Heir and a grandduchess, he is undoubtedly wanting to tie-in the publication when the subject chances to be in the news again, a free associative-publicity opportunity!  If it ever appears, I  seriously doubt the book making much of an impact, as the very limited interest in that unfortunate family apparently continues on the wane.   AP
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Re: Born in the Purple by Paul Gilbert (upcoming OTMA book)
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2010, 06:49:01 AM »
OR, if he is indeed waiting until the reburial of the Heir and a grandduchess, he is undoubtedly wanting to tie-in the publication when the subject chances to be in the news again, a free associative-publicity opportunity!  If it ever appears, I  seriously doubt the book making much of an impact, as the very limited interest in that unfortunate family apparently continues on the wane.   AP

Aleksandr, I am curious to know why and how you say interest in the Romanovs is declining, do you mean in the mainstream media and Russian culture in general or even amongst us "fans" so to speak. Is it due to declining book sales about them, less books published about them, fewer news stories mentioning them, etc.? Just wondering as I thought interest in them was still very much alive and well.

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Re: Born in the Purple by Paul Gilbert (upcoming OTMA book)
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2010, 08:24:27 AM »
Hello, "Sarai," and thank you for your question/Reply #19:  IMO, the reasons are "all of the above" that you have so perceptively stated.  With the demise of the Anna Anderson debacle, emergence of DNA testing, finding/identification of the IF bones, etc. , I feel that interest has decidedly decreased, both in America and abroad. They are simply not a continuing news item. The reburial of the IF did not produce the overwhelming response, crowds, etc. that were expected in Russia. Polls done there do not seem to indicate any particular lasting resurgence of "Nikolaiesque-interest" (outside of the expected "tokenism"), or return to monarchial rule.  Here, simply review a week's worth of contributions on this forum and you will see the rightfully continued mounting interest in other topics (Windsor, Habsburg, Wittelsbach, the French royals, the Italian royals, etc.) Look at the statistics: For example the "Top Ten Boards:"  "The Windsors" are second in interest to the "Having Fun Board," which is the prime domain of the "colorists." This is fine, for this forum is "....and Royalty Discussion Forum."  The same tiresome questions are addressed over and over again in the Romanov groupings, until the FA has repeatedly asked that one first RESEARCH before asking.  As for books: After the older Massie book, factual (as opposed to fiction) modern Romanov books do not seem to have garnered any nation-wide "top best-seller" honors, etc. or have been unmercifully "panned".  I think that someone here has labeled this a "niche" market.  Some will sell, others quickly go to the bargin bin and are forgotten.  All in all, I personally hold no particular abiding interest in the Nicholas II era or family; they are simply unfortunate curiousities in the flow of Russian history. If others wish to do so, that is, by all means, their personal right.  Best regards to you, and Happy New Year!    AP
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Re: Born in the Purple by Paul Gilbert (upcoming OTMA book)
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2010, 02:33:03 PM »
Thank you for replying, Aleksandr, it was very interesting to read your take on this whole matter.

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Re: Born in the Purple by Paul Gilbert (upcoming OTMA book)
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2010, 03:17:02 PM »
You are indeed welcome, "Sarai" !     AP