Mission to Tashkent

Mission to Tashkent

by Frederick M. Bailey, Peter Hopkirk


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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 had, 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 their ranks, who unsuspectingly sent him to Bokhara to arrest himself.
Told with almost breathtaking understatement by Bailey, this narrative offers remarkable insight into British secret intelligence work during the Great Game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192803870
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 946,302
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About the Authors:
Colonel F.M. Bailey (1882-1967) was a British explorer, traveler, naturalist, linguist, and intelligence officer.
Peter Hopkirk is the author of The Great Game, Setting the East Ablaze, Trespassers on the Roof of the World, and Foreign Devils on the Silk Road.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Peter Hopkirk

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