Most Secret Agent of Empire: Reginald Teague-Jones, Master Spy of the Great Game

Hardcover | March 17, 2015

byTaline Ter Minassian

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Dubbed an "agent of British imperialism" by Joseph Stalin, Reginald Teague-Jones (1889-1988) was the quintessential English spy whose exceptional story is recounted in this new biography. He studied in St Petersburg, participated in the 1905 Revolution and spent the rest of his life workingfor various branches of British secret intelligence. Plunging into the Great Game, he participated in daring operations against the Bolsheviks and tracked down a turbulent German agent, Wilhelm Wassmuss, who was spreading anti-British propaganda in Persia. Teague-Jones was also held responsible for the execution of "the 26 Commissars" after the fall of the Baku Commune in 1918. This became one of the Soviet Union's most powerful cults of martyrology, inspiring a poem by Yesenin, a Brodsky painting, a 1933 feature film and an immense monument. Shortlyafter, Teague-Jones changed his name to Ronald Sinclair and adopted a secret persona for the next five decades, for part of which he worked undercover in the United States as an expert on Indian, Soviet and Middle-Eastern affairs, possibly in collaboration with the OSS, the new American secretservice. In his swan song in espionage he kept a gimlet eye on the Soviet delegation to the UN in New York. For these reasons, and many others besides, Reginald Teague-Jones is the most important British spy you have never heard of.

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Dubbed an "agent of British imperialism" by Joseph Stalin, Reginald Teague-Jones (1889-1988) was the quintessential English spy whose exceptional story is recounted in this new biography. He studied in St Petersburg, participated in the 1905 Revolution and spent the rest of his life workingfor various branches of British secret intelli...

Taline Ter Minassian is a historian at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, INALCO, Paris, specialising in Soviet and Middle Eastern studies. She is the author of Colporteurs du Komintern, L'Union Sovietique et les minorites au Moyen- Orient.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.69 × 0.98 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190210761

ISBN - 13:9780190210762

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"The book boasts a superb collection of Teague-Jones's own photos, but their sepia period tinge fades as the reader realises how much the spy's life 'illuminates present developments in the regions between Russia, Central Asia, Transcaucasia, India, Pakistan and the Middle East, the lands ofthe old and the new, Great Game'. Tom Rees's translation is a flawless flow that captures both nuance and vernacular." --The Independent