- ISBN 9780719564505 / 0719564506
- Title Setting the East Ablaze
- Author Peter Hopkirk
- Category Asian History
20th Century History: C 1900 To C 2000
- Format Paperback
- Year 2006
- Pages 272
- Publisher John Murray General Publishing Division
- Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
- Language English
- Dimensions 141mm x 18mm x 197mm
'A gripping account of the terrible, confused struggle for mastery of Central Asia that followed the Russian Revolution' Evening Standard
'Let us turn our faces towards Asia', exhorted Lenin when the long-awaited revolution in Europe failed to materialize. 'The East will help us conquer the West.' Peter Hopkirk's book tells for the first time the story of the Bolshevik attempt to set the East ablaze with the heady new gospel of Marxism. Lenin's dream was to liberate the whole of Asia, but his starting point was British India. A shadowy undeclared war followed. Among the players in this new Great Game were British spies, Communist revolutionaries, Muslim visionaries and Chinese warlords - as well as a White Russian baron who roasted his Bolshevik captives alive. Here is an extraordinary tale of intrigue and treachery, barbarism and civil war, whose violent repercussions continue to be felt in Central Asia today.
'The stuff of a dozen adventure movies ... everything a ripping good yarn should be' — New York Times 'A classic example of truth outpacing fiction' — Times Literary Supplement
Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into fourteen languages.