We found the following books on Russia and the Imperial Family to be helpful and enjoyable resources.
Brewster, Hugh (1996) Anastasia's Album. The Madison Press Limited, New York.
A wonder family book to introduce the Romanov family to younger readers. Many pictures, old and recent. Excellently arranged and the story wonderfully told. Magnificent pictures of the palaces of the Romanovs.
Sulzberger, C.L. (1977) The Fall of Eagles. Crown Publishers, Inc. New York.
An excellent book for understanding the political face of Europe during the reign of Nicholas and Alexandra. The book focuses on the end of the Romanov, Habsburg, and the Hohenzollern Dynasties.
Massie, Robert. (1967) Nicholas and Alexandra, Dell Publishing, New York.
This book is a must read for an indepth look at the Tsar and Tsarista! Mr. Massie does an wonderful job in bringing the Russian Court and the revolution to life. Great choice for a first book for the Imperial Russia enthusiast.
Gilliard, Pierre. (1921)Thirteen Years at the Russian Court, Doran, New York.
Mr. Gilliard, the children's French tutor, brings to life all of the Tsar and Tsarista's children. His devotion to the Imperial Family is unquestionable as he gives his impressions and stories of the family before and during their exile to Siberia. A must read for people thirsting for more about the family. It's hard to find. Ask your library to borrow it through inter-library loan if it's not on their shelves.
Beckendorf, Count Paul. (1927) Last Days at Tsarkoe Selo, Heinemann, London.
Count Beckendorf was the Grand Marshal of the Imperieal Court. A monarchist till the end, he had a great affection for the family. His book is a detailed account starting from the abdication of Nicholas II.
Crankshaw, Edward. (19 ) Shadow of the Winter Palace, Russia's Drift Towards Revolution,
A great book for background information on Russia's autocracy and the revolutionary movement. Crankshaw looks at the political machinery and personalities of Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III, to Nicholas II. He explores the literary and musical movements that fostered notions of a better life for Russians and challenged the political system. For Nicholas and Alexandra fans, It can be slow reading because there is little personal references to Nicholas and Alexandra