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    Description'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 arrest himself. 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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    Mission to Tashkent
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) F.M. Bailey, By (author) Peter Hopkirk, Introduction by Peter Hopkirk, Volume editor Peter Hopkirk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192803870
    ISBN 10: 0192803875

    BIC E4L: THR
    BIC subject category V2: BG, HBLW, HBJD, FHD
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVU
    DC21: 327.12092
    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000, HIS015000, HIS032000, HIS027000
    Thema V1.0: FHD, JPSH, DNB, NHD
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBDR
    Illustrations note
    2 maps
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    01 October 2002
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    Author Information
    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 the highly prized gold explorer's medal of the Royal Geographical Society. Between 1905 and 1909 he served as a British Trade Agent - really a cover for political intelligence work - at Gyantse in southern Tibet. Later he accompanied a British punitive expedition into northern Assam as its intelligence officer, and was awarded the coveted MacGregor Medal for explorations contributing to the defence of India. During the First World War he was posted as an intelligence officer to Shushtar in Persia, and in 1918 returned to India to undertake the secret mission into Central Asia which is the subject of this book.
    Table of contents
    Introduction by Peter Hopkirk ; Persia to Kashgar ; Kashgar to Tashkent ; Tashkent ; Conditions in Tashkent ; Alone ; Arrested ; I Disappear ; To the Mountains ; The Bee-farm ; In Troitskoe ; Return to Tashkent ; Tashkent Again ; Local Bolshevism ; Spring Activities ; Summer Difficulties ; Back to the Mountains ; Tashkent Affairs ; To Kagan ; On to Bokhara ; Bokhara ; Plans for Departure ; In the Desert ; Across the Murghab ; Frontier Skirmish ; Safe in Meshed ; Appendix ; Epilogue by Peter Hopkirk