'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
- Publication Date: 08/08/2002
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9780192803870
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Review by jontseng
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.