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Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches

Author(s): Fitzroy MacLean

Location(s): Central Asia, China, North Africa, Russia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1930s/40s

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Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq.

Maclean’s extraordinary adventures in the Western Desert and later fighting alongside Tito’s partisans in Yugoslavia are blistering reading and show what it took to be a British hero who broke the mould . . .

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An inspirational account of life across Central Asia, Russia and North Africa. It feels like one man lived the lives of many, how he managed to pack in all the experiences, is a wonder...

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