Mission to Tashkent

Paperback | July 25, 2002

byF.M. Bailey, Peter Hopkirk

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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 arresthimself.Told with almost breathtaking understatement, Bailey's narrative - set in a region once more back in the headlines - reads like vintage Buchan.

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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 r...

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...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 25, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803875

ISBN - 13:9780192803870

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Introduction by Peter HopkirkPersia to KashgarKashgar to TashkentTashkentConditions in TashkentAloneArrestedI DisappearTo the MountainsThe Bee-farmIn TroitskoeReturn to TashkentTashkent AgainLocal BolshevismSpring ActivitiesSummer DifficultiesBack to the MountainsTashkent AffairsTo KaganOn to BokharaBokharaPlans for DepartureIn the DesertAcross the MurghabFrontier SkirmishSafe in MeshedAppendixEpilogue by Peter Hopkirk