About the Author

Ronald C. Moe was an author and scholar who spent the major part of his professional career at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. His principle responsibilities were to advise Members of Congress and their staffs on matters of Federal organization and management.

Dr. Moe was a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration and a teaching fellow at the Center for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University. He taught at George Washington and American universities and lectured occasionally at Princeton University and the University of Virginia. Moe won the American Society for Public Administration’s prestigious Louis Brownlow Award four times for his articles on government management. He received his Ph.D. in government from Columbia University.

Moe’s interest in Russian history was an avocation that the Library of Congress permitted him to pursue. His knowledge of late imperial Russia, the Romanov family, Grigory Rasputin and Prince Felix Yusupov is evident in Prelude to the Revolution: The Murder of Rasputin. His goal was to bring new evidence and a fresh interpretation to bear on one of the most consequential events of the twentieth-century—the collapse of the Romanov dynasty in 1917.

Ronald C. Moe lived in Washington, DC with his wife Grace. He died uenxpectedly in May, 2011.

A more lengthy biography of Dr. Moe made be found here.


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