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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Unless, he discovers after careful reading, he becomes an MP. Maclean parachuted into Bosnia again, thinking it no longer an unknown, as it had been only six months before. Years before publication of “Darkness at Noon,” a young Maclean wonders how this could be?

Most interesting to me was his time spent in the Balkan forests and caves with Tito, shuttling between meetings with Allied Generals, and even Winston Churchill himself – trying to bring Allied support to the Communist Partisans mavlean a “side show” of the world at war.

How wonderful to have technology that allows us to hear the to hear the voice of a forebear.

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I count myself extremely fortunate to have a copy of this book Third Impression. Meanwhile, macpean fronts of the war were progressing rapidly, and the Germans were hard-pressed.

Finding an obscure ruling that if elected as an MP, a foreign office man must resign, he had himself adopted as a Conservative candidate at the by-election in Lancaster. Maclean arranged for an Allied officer, under his command, to be attached to each of the main Partisan bases, bringing with him a radio transmitting set.

Fitzr I’ve known about this book for a few years, mostly through its reputation as an inspiration for a certain type of personality. MacLean launches right into his story– there is no mention of childhood, university days, or any pertinent autobiographical information. Bukharin, friend of Lenin Excellent, amusing, in some places terrifying account of a British diplomat-turned-soldier whose curiosity nearly kills him, repeatedly. I ended up giving the book 4 stars overall, because I found the parts on war operations a bit tedious.

Eastern Approaches is the memoir of his early professional life, of first being posted as a member of the British foreign service to Moscow in the late ‘s, and subsequently of leaving the diplomatic service and serving in the Royal Army during World War II. How many present day members of the SAS will read this book and marvel at the very notion of being asked to join the newly-formed crack regiment; rather than having to first undergo what I am told are in our present day the most strenuous application procedure, intelligence and endurance tests set by any military force?


The author, Fitzroy Maclean, did not need to check library sources for primary information. The front cover calls Maclean’s memoir “The best book you will read this year” and for once a clever line in a blurb is hard to challenge. The first stage was retracing his steps on a five-day train journey to Alma Ata; the train ran via Orenburg and the Aral Seathen parallel to the Syr Darya and the mountains of Kirghizia Kyrgyzstan.

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Eastern Approaches Front Book Cover. So, he promptly gets himself elected as MP for Lancaster. He was sent back to collect two Yugoslav liasison officers who had not been allowed to come out with him on the first Navy pick-up.

The Yugoslav frontalso known as the Yugoslav People’s Liberation War, had become important to the Allies byalthough the Partisans had been fighting for two years without any help.

It was at this point of his career that he was picked to play a crucial role in Yugoslavia, where the British were concerned at a lack of progress being made by the Cetniks, who they had been providing with weapons and equipment.

They were concerned about the influence of Fazlollah Zahedithe general in charge fotzroy the Persian forces in the Isfahan area, who, their intelligence told them, was stockpiling grain, liaising with German agents, and preparing an uprising. On Vis he discovered an overgrown British war cemetery dating from a naval victory over the French in From Bari, he calculated that Tito would want to be directing the recapture of Belgradeso fastern headed towards there himself, landing at Valjevo with a jeep.

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But what you get instead is a marvellous sense of a man who bounced through the war as a real action hero. MacLean then shifts to a description of Stalin’s political purges that is both detailed and personal. He characterised it as “one of the pleasantest provincial towns in the Soviet Union” and particularly appreciated the apples for which it is famous. Aug 31, Travis Gensler rated it it was amazing.

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The author’s account of the infamous Moscow trials in the late ‘s is also extremely interesting indeed, it is well worth buying the book for the author’s first hand impression of the Moscow trials, considering that he was one of the lucky few third party observers to physically attend the trials.

A tripartite memoir of intrigue, travel, and military adventure, relating the author’s experiences as a diplomat in the ‘s USSR, as a member of the early SAS part of the UK Special Forces in WWII North Africa, and finally as an important liaison to the Partisans in Yugoslavia, his two previous experiences providing the background for this capstone mission.

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The same cannot be said of Eastern Approaches.

May 03, Maya Chhabra rated it liked it. Fitzroy Maclean recounts his extraordinary adventures in Soviet Central Asia; in the Western Desert, where he specialized in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines; and with Tito’s partisans during the last months of the German occupation of Yugoslavia.

MacLean’s descriptions of food are magnificent, whether it’s the simple meals of peasants, the lavish victory approachess held by Soviet generals, or even his discourses on to the differences between American and British ration packs. Eastern Approaches is not only close to the perfect travel book; it is a lively memoir of the quixotic adventures of a diplomat turned war hero who writes with style and wit.

Somewhere above me the aircraft, having completed its mission, was headed for home. By the end of the year, the war had developed in such a way that the new SAS detachment would not be needed in Persia. What a life for one so approaces and what a telling reminder to us all: For those that dream of splitting their time huddled around a candle with guerrilla leaders and in meetings with heads of state – each trying to shape the fate of the world, you’ll find satisfaction in this book.

He observes how in Yugoslavia he lived off the land. He surreptitiously travels to Soviet central Asia, then to the border with Approachss.

Well worth the read: Tito in partlcular changed from his initial persona as just another Communist into a real national leader. Eastern Approaches will linger in the memory for many a year. Maclean famously paraphrased Churchill: Eastern Approaches is Good galloping gallons of grief. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He wanted to be back in the action, and it looked as if the Germans were planning eastenr withdraw from Yugoslavia.

It is a remarkable adventure story and not at all in the same vein as the idiotic History Channel style World War II books that have swamped America in the last few years. The book is well-written and well-structured, with the ending bringing the story full circle. Eastern Approaches is autobiography of the best sort.