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Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse
     

Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse

by Hugh Trevor-Roper
 

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In 1973, Hugh Trevor-Roper received the memoirs of Sir Edmund Backhouse. For 15 years Backhouse had led the reclusive life of a historian in Peking, where he died. But his memoirs recounted wild adventures and a string of love affairs with the rich and famous. Something didn't add up.

Carefully backtracking to original sources, Trevor-Roper unearthed the bizarre

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In 1973, Hugh Trevor-Roper received the memoirs of Sir Edmund Backhouse. For 15 years Backhouse had led the reclusive life of a historian in Peking, where he died. But his memoirs recounted wild adventures and a string of love affairs with the rich and famous. Something didn't add up.

Carefully backtracking to original sources, Trevor-Roper unearthed the bizarre truth: that this Hermit of Peking had swindled millions in fraudulent arms deals and in other highly imaginative and sophisticated frauds.

"A delightfully witty piece of historical sleuthing...absorbing, often wildly funny." (The Sunday Times of London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906011017
Publisher:
Eland Books
Publication date:
12/31/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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