Books: Blood Will Tell

JOURNEY by ROBERT MASSIE and SUZANNE MASSIE 417 pages. Knopf. $8.95.

Of the several million people round the world who read Robert Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra, few failed to be impressed by the author's empathetic handling of hemophilia. The disease, characterized by uncontrolled bleeding, threatened the life of the young Czarevitch, made the lives of his father and mother into a nightmare, and helped lead to the fall of the Romanov family. By dealing with the Czar and Czarina as distraught parents, the book transformed them from foolish pawns of history into figures...