PETER KURTH is the author of Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson, American Cassandra: The Life of Dorothy Thompson, Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra, and Isadora: A Sensational Life. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes FYI, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Observer, Cosmopolitan, POZ and Harper’s Bazaar.  Kurth has written extensively for Salon.com and was “Crank Call” columnist for Vermont’s Seven Days.

This site hosts an archive of my earlier work and a new blog, “Pushing My Luck,” updated at whim.

Comments to peter.kurth@gmail.com

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10 Responses to “About Peter Kurth”

  1. Christopher Hill Says:

    Your illustration looks a bit like The Amazing Kreskin with a headache and a fez.

  2. Bill and Jo'an Sterr Says:

    Isn’t that Boris Karloff from his film “The Mummy”?

  3. Emma Says:

    I just ordered your book because I too am obsessed with the Romanov Family, Anastasia and the mystery of Anna Anderson. Despite evidence trying to prove that she was a fraud, I still think otherwise. Since the 2007 discovery of the bodies and the supposed DNA testing proving the body was Anastasia… have you changed your mind? I hope not. It would be nice to have another believer that Anastasia did in fact escape. Sorry for writing so much, I’m just so obsessed and fascinated with this story and the family and Anastasia.

    • Ashtar Longsworth Says:

      Anna Anderson was indeed Anastasia. Emma, there are new historians and researchers trying to demonstrate that with new amazing evidence. Contact Marie STRAVLO, she has gone further than anybody to prove this. New DNA tests have been made in Europe. Tons of new documents discovered. Many leads followed and the truth will be exposed once and for all.


  4. The issue that I have with the conclusions reached through DNA isn’t the idea of her not being Anastasia. My issue is with the universality of belief in her identification with Franziska Schanskowska, based on mitochondiral DNA testing of Karl Maucher. That test could not possibly have proved anything, because Franziska and Karl’s mother had different mothers. It is the most universally believed fraud in research history.

  5. Duane Priset Says:

    I became aware of your book, American Cassandra, The Life of Dorothy Thompson, when I was pastor of Faith United Methodist (former Methodist Episcopal) Church, Lancaster, NY. As you know Dorothy was born in Lancaster toward the very end of the time that her father served as pastor there at the end of the 19th century. What you may not know is that her birth and baptism information is in the record books housed at Faith Lancaster. I just wanted to make contact with you to say that your work on Dorothy Thompson is among the richest and best books I have ever read. It still has a powerful message for a world deeply affected, whether realizing it or not, by the Zionist Movement, the Holocaust, and the treatment of the Palestinian people. Thanks so much for your profound work. She truly was and is American Cassandra! Sincerely, Rev. Dr. Duane Priset


  6. Dear Mr. Kurth,
    Just a quick ‘thank you’ for your work on Anna Anderson. This was a text which brought that period of history alive for me. I was studying the Russian Revolution at school and, as a 14-year-old, your book gave me that spark which carried me through my revision. Thank you for writing such a riveting read. I’ve not researched more but I do remember thinking that the timing of the finding of the Romanov remains was just a bit too convenient for those in charge in Russia.
    Thanks for your great research and amazing writing ability.
    Yours,
    Forrest Howie


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