Books: Russian Roulette

THE FILE ON THE TSAR by ANTHONY SUMMERS and TOM MANGOLD 416 pages. Harper & Row. $12.50.

At midnight on July 16, 1918, in the Ural mining town of Ekaterinburg, Bolshevik jailers gunned down the Russian royal family. Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, their 14-year-old hemophiliac son Alexei and his four sisters were all shot. A dubious postscript holds that one of the girls, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, escaped and is still alive.

So runs the accepted version of the Romanov regicide. Now two reporters from BBC Television, Anthony Summers and Tom...

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