Mission to Tashkent, Paperback
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'one of the best books about secret intelligence work ever written' Peter Hopkirk.

Colonel F. M. Bailey, whose extraordinary adventures are told here, was long accused by Moscow of being a British master-spy sent in 1918 to overthrow the Bolsheviks in Central Asia.

As a result, he enjoyed many years after his death an almost legendary reputation there - that of half-hero, half-villain.

In this remarkable book he tells of the perilous game of cat-and-mouse, lasting sixteen months, which he played with the Bolshevik secret police, the dreaded Cheka.

At one point, using a false identity, he actually joined the ranks of the latter, who unsuspectingly sent him to Bokhara to arrest himself.

Told with almost breathtaking understatement, Bailey's narrative - set in a region once more back in the headlines - reads like vintage Buchan.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 2 maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780192803870



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A stirring tale of boys own courage from a different age. Particular amusing when he is recruited by the Cheka to search for himself. Remarkable be died only forty years ago.