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Russian Roulette A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot by Giles Milton
  

Russian Roulette A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot

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Did Lenin’s revolutionary Russia plot to destroy British India? supposedly a first move in bringing down the West, still enmeshed in the Great War. The British sent a small band of spies to Moscow charged to do anything and everything to stop the threat. Giles Milton uses recently released archive material to unravel plots and counter-plots, an extraordinary tale that seems more at home as fiction than fact.

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Russian Roulette A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot by Giles Milton

'It reads like fiction, but it is, astonishingly, history.' - The Times In 1917, an eccentric band of British spies is smuggled into newly-Soviet Russia. Their goal? To defeat Lenin's plan to destroy British India and bring down the democracies of the West. These extraordinary spies, led by Mansfield Cumming, proved brilliantly successful. They found a wholly new way to deal with enemies, one that relied on espionage and dirty tricks rather than warfare. They were the unsung founders of today's modern, highly professional secret services. They were also the inspiration for fictional heroes to follow, from James Bond to Jason Bourne.

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Giles Milton's fast-packed account of Britain's attempts to sabotage Lenin's revolution reads like a madcap thriller ... Milton has synthesised and filleted a mass of material - old memoirs, official archives and newly released intelligence files - to produce a rollicking tale ... which explains the long war against Russia with verve, wit and colour. It reads like fiction, but it is, astonishingly, history. - The Times

This gripping history of derring-do and invisible ink brings to life the exploits of the British spies who waged war against Russia during the Cold War ... Full of novelistic flourishes ... [readers] will find themselves as gripped as they would be by the very best of Fleming or le Carre. - Sunday Times Culture

Milton is a compulsive storyteller whose rattling style ensures this is the antithesis of a dry treatise on espionage. And unlike 007, it's all true. - The Daily Express

About the Author

Giles Milton

Giles Milton is a writer and journalist. He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications and specialises in the history of travel and exploration. In the course of his researches, he has travelled extensively in Europe and the Middle East.

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Publication date

22nd May 2014

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Giles Milton

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Publisher

Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

History
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European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Espionage & secret services

ISBN

9781444737042

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