Eastern Approaches

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Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq. Maclean's extraordinary adventures in the Western Desert and later fighting alongside Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia are blistering reading and show what it took to be a...
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Overview

Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq. Maclean's extraordinary adventures in the Western Desert and later fighting alongside Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia are blistering reading and show what it took to be a British hero who broke the mould . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141042848
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 279,822
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Maclean was a British diplomat who, while in Russia, became one of the first Westerners to explore Central Asia during the Soviet rule. He worked with the British special forces in the North African desert and liased on behalf of the allies with the partisans in Yugoslavia during the Second World War.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Penguin Edition 1

Acknowledgements 7

Part 1 Golden Road

I Internationale 11

II Through The Looking-Glass 18

III Casting About 30

IV Trial Trip 38

V Touch and Go 52

VI Cities of the Plain 65

VII Winter in Moscow 80

VIII Chinese Puzzle 122

IX A Little Further 138

X Bokhara the Noble 145

XI Across the Oxus 155

XII Homeward Bound 168

Part 2 Orient Sand

I Feet on the Gravel 183

II Special Air Service 190

III Outward Bound 199

IV Short Weekend 216

V Back to Benghazi 226

VI Long Trail 242

VII A Passage to Persia 263

VIII New Horizons 275

Part 3 Balkan War

I Inside Europe 303

II Arms and the Man 308

III Orientation 317

IV Alarms and Excursions 342

V Road to the Isles 357

VI Island Interlude 366

VII Back and Forth 378

VIII Outside World 388

IX Turning Point 401

X Back to Bosnia 415

XI New Deal 427

XII Change of Scene 442

XIII Island Base and Brief Encounter 457

XIV Ratweek -I. Plan 470

XV Ratweek - II. Fulfilment 484

XVI Grand Finale 498

XVII Who Goes Home? 515

Index 533

Illustrations

1 The Kremlin 265

2 The Silk Road

3 The Middle East: Sas Patrol

4 Leaving Siva

5 Long-Range Desert Group

6 Tito

7 Bosnia: In the Woods

8 Bosnia: All Round, the Snow Lay Deep

9 Dalmatia

10 Sir Fitzroy with Tito (on left)

11 Bokhara - First Light

Maps

Central Asia 11

The Western Desert 183

Jugoslavia 303

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    The Edge of the World

    This is, first of all, a straightforward, though sensitively told, military adventure yarn. The inevitable clash of civilizations, the ominous background of the disintegration of the whole world in the flames of an insane war, the colourful local customs, myths, beliefs, habits and myths, the ethos of camraderie and the horror of betrayal and impending torture and worse - are all told captivatingly. As good as any action film and a lot deeper. as an old Balkan hand, I was especially interested in what the author had to tell about Tito and his partisans. You won't find this in history book, I grant you! Sam Vaknin, author of 'After the Rain - How the West Lost the East'.

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