Eastern Approaches () is an autobiographical account of the early career of Fitzroy Maclean. It is divided into three parts: his life as a junior diplomat in. Buy Eastern Approaches (Penguin World War II Collection) by Fitzroy MaClean ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and. Eastern Approaches has ratings and 97 reviews. Here Fitzroy Maclean recounts his extraordinary adventures in Soviet Central Asia, in the Western.

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A thoroughly – almost unexpectedly – good read. Maclean decided to go to Serbia to see for himself what this stronghold of Cetniks held for the Partisans.

Much, too, would be explained that had hitherto been obscure. He breaks with all precedent by applying for a transfer to the supposedly dead end of the British embassy in Moscow.

Five stars from me, no doubt about it.

Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy MacLean

They existed on rations of “a cup of water and a tablespoon of bully beef a day What I saw of the population looked depressed, which indeed they had every right to be.

The book is a memoir covering the years to If we lose the ability to remember and cherish our past, then we cast aside our ability to assess the present and to plan the future.

The journey produced many such vignettes, some pleasant, others of confusion, discomfort, worry. They worked closely with the Long Range Desert Group LRDGa mechanised reconnaissance unit, to travel far behind enemy lines and attack targets such as aerodromes.

I find myself well informed concerning the Russian viewpoint maaclean the Bulshevic revolution, and on through the second wor This was a book of my Grandmother’s that I found in a box recently. Once inside the occupied city, their patrol came face to face with Italian soldiers several times; Maclean, with his excellent Italian, managed to bluff his way out of all of these encounters by pretending to be a staff officer.


But it still feels a little hollow.

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He then coordinates a fitzrroy support effort for the Partisans, staying in Yugoslavia with them for most of the time till the fall of Belgrade.

It crosses the three genres comfortably and well.

Maclean spent the winter working in Moscow and amusing himself at the dacha country cottage of American friends, including Chip Bohlen. Maclean becomes a headline: Then we came in and dried ourselves and put on the clean shirts which each of us had kept rolled up in his pack against just such an occasion as this.

Tim Collins, they’re clearly aiming at fitzrpy military history crowd.

Fitzr I’ve known about this book for a few years, mostly through its reputation as an inspiration for a certain type of personality. Tito, holding all the cards eventually forced terms he was happy with, and which were signed off by the British and the Russians.

Shortages, famines had been due, not to the shortcomings of the Soviet system, but to deliberate wrecking. Eastern Approaches will linger in the memory for many a year.

Eastern Approaches

Here is the blackest of prosecutors, the most awful, haunting expression of risk, of high, nay, the highest political stakes risked and lost; a loss bearing the most unthinkable of prices.

I mean, this guy was the prototype for James Bond, so you pretty much know what you’re getting ahead of time, but still So after Eton he is accepted into the Foreign Office FOand is sent to Paris for three years; after which he requested a posting to Moscow.


Mihajlovic ‘s royalist Cetniks now spelled Chetnikswhich the Allies had been supporting, did not appear to be fighting the Germans very hard, and indeed were said to be collaborating with the enemy. Not long after singing praises of sledding to his woodland dacha, Maclean gets a courtroom seat for one of Stalin’s largest show-trials: But Montgomery is winning the war in the desert and Maclean needs new adventures. The final and longest section of the book covers Maclean’s time in and around Yugoslavia, from the late summer of to the formation of the united government in March He never actually says he was a spy, but one does wonder how else the ambassador would have allowed him to absent himself from his desk for so long.

The entire book is a wonderful read, in particular the first two parts. He discovers that diplomacy and politics are not allowed to mix, gets himself proposed as a parliamentary candidate and thus forces the Foreign Office to demand his resignation.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This town sits on the Amu Darya the Oxusand the other side of the river lies in Afghanistan. They say in sports it’s not a matter of winning or losing but how you play the game. It’s a first person account and immensely entertaining.