This book contains condensed versions of many well known stories about the three hundred years that the Romanovs ruled Russia. My favorite story was the one about Wolf Rosen leaving for America around 1905 because the pogrom was murdering Jews in Russia! My Grandfather left Russia around the same time for the very same reasons. Tamar Anolic has written almost a Cliff Notes version of Russian history. It's a quick read and very interesting, easy to read. Thanks go to Netgalley for the epub.