A Lifelong Passion - Nicholas & Alexandra: Their Own Story. Andrei Maytunas and Sergei Mironenko. Nicholas and Alexandra are brought to life through the dignity of their own unforgettable words. The authors, one a historian, the other the Director of the Russian State Archives, draw heavily on the hitherto private correspondence of the Tsar and Tsarina to create an intimate account of their lives. Index, sources and historical afterward. Hardcover edition. NY: Doubleday, 1997. 667 pages. Illustrated.