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The Thirty-Nine Steps 
     

The Thirty-Nine Steps 

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by John Buchan, Christopher T. Harvie (Editor)
 

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In The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), the best-known of his thrillers (made into a popular movie by Alfred Hitchcock), John Buchan introduces his most enduring hero, Richard Hannay, who, despite claiming to be an "ordinary fellow," is caught up in the dramatic and dangerous race against a plot to devastate the British war effort.
In this, the only critical

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In The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), the best-known of his thrillers (made into a popular movie by Alfred Hitchcock), John Buchan introduces his most enduring hero, Richard Hannay, who, despite claiming to be an "ordinary fellow," is caught up in the dramatic and dangerous race against a plot to devastate the British war effort.
In this, the only critical edition available, Christopher Harvie's introduction interweaves the writing of the tale with the equally fascinating story of how John Buchan, publisher and lawyer, came in from the cold and, via The Thirty-Nine Steps, ended the war as spy-master and propaganda chief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192839312
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

John Keegan, one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians, was for many years Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst, the British Royal Military Academy, and Defense Editor of the London Daily Telegraph. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Keegan is the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War (all available from Penguin).
John Keegan, one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians, was for many years Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst, the British Royal Military Academy, and Defense Editor of the London Daily Telegraph. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Keegan is the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War (all available from Penguin).

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The Thirty-Nine Steps  4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
39 Steps is a great book! I read it for my Composition class and quickly got intriqued by it. Full of adventure with some comical events. Kept you involved throughout the book. I would recomend this book to anyone that likes detective stories and adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
An innocent conversation with a neighbor on the stairs draws colonial Richard Hannay into a vortex of political intrigue and danger. Events rapidly develop as Hannay is framed for a murder and decides to run for it. Even though he's wanted by both murderous spies and the British police, he's determined to uncover the riddle and stop an impending catastrophe for the British Empire. All the while he's on the run - sometimes literally - in the wilds of Scotland. The book is a colorful 103-page action adventure and, like most spy novels, sometimes unbelievable. However, it's an entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who likes action, adventure, or spy novels. (By the way, I noticed the British author used 'on the weekend' in this 1915 publication. Interesting, because now almost all English say 'at the weekend'.)