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Mission to Tashkent

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In this book Colonel F.M. Bailey, the last true player of the Great Game, tells of the perilous game of cat-and-mouse, lasting sixteen months, which he played with the Bolshevik secret police, the dreaded Cheka.
Mission to Tashkent
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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.
Frederick Bailey was a British explorer and secret agent, considered by many to be the last true player in the Great Game. In 1904, as a Tibetan-speaking subaltern, he had ridden into the forbidden city of Lhasa as a member of a team to investigate reports of a Russian presence there. Later, his travels in Tibet and China earned him the highly prized gold explorer's medal of the Royal Geographical Society. Between 1905 and 1909 he served as a British Trade Agent
- really a cover for political intelligence work - at Gyantse in southern Tibet. Later he accompanied a British punitive expedition into northern Assam as its intelligence officer, and was awarded the coveted MacGregor Medal for explorations contributing to the defence of India. During the First
World War he was posted as an intelligence officer to Shushtar in Persia, and in 1918 returned to India to undertake the secret mission into Central Asia which is the subject of this book.
Introduction by Peter Hopkirk ; Persia to Kashgar ; Kashgar to Tashkent ; Tashkent ; Conditions in Tashkent ; Alone ; Arrested ; I Disappear ; To the Mountains ; The Bee-farm ; In Troitskoe ; Return to Tashkent ; Tashkent Again ; Local Bolshevism ; Spring Activities ; Summer Difficulties ; Back to the Mountains ; Tashkent Affairs ; To Kagan ; On to Bokhara ; Bokhara ; Plans for Departure ; In the Desert ; Across the Murghab ; Frontier Skirmish ; Safe in Meshed ; Appendix ; Epilogue by Peter Hopkirk
'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.
One of the best books about secret intelligence work ever written 'Peter Hopkirk'
A remarkable insight into British secret intelligence work during the Great Game
Told with breathtaking understatement by the nonchalant Bailey, a quintessesntial Great Game player
First published in 1964; now reissued by popular demand
Author
Peter Hopkirk, F.M. Bailey
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
2002
ISBN-10
0192803875
ISBN-13
9780192803870
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2002-08-08
Imprint
Oxford Paperbacks
Place of Publication
Oxford
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
327.12092
Illustrations
2 maps
Media
Book
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade
Pages
320
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