On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire

On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire

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By (author) Peter Hopkirk

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  • Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 30mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0719564514
  • ISBN 13: 9780719564512
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 8 pp b/w
  • Sales rank: 76,836

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Under the banner of a Holy War, masterminded in Berlin and unleashed from Constantinople, the Germans and the Turks set out in 1914 to foment violent revolutionary uprisings against the British in India and the Russians in Central Asia. It was a new and more sinister version of the old Great Game, with world domination as its ultimate aim. Here, told in epic detail and for the first time, is the true story behind John Buchan's classic wartime thriller Greenmantle, recounted through the adventures and misadventures of the secret agents and others who took part in it. It is an ominously topical tale today in view of the continuing turmoil in this volatile region where the Great Game has never really ceased.

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Author information

Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into fourteen languages.

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'Recreates with much verve and brilliance, the clandestine attempts by Britain's imperial rivals to subvert the British Empire in India' Guardian 'Tells with great fluency, authority and narrative skill ... a story which no single book has told before' Sunday Telegraph