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    Description'It reads like fiction, but it is, astonishingly, history.' - The Times RUSSIAN ROULETTE tells the story of the first global plot and the British spies who were sent to thwart it. The Soviet plot was breathtaking in scale: its aim was to destroy British rule in India, as a precursor to toppling the democracies of the West. It was to bring together two deadly forces - Soviet revolutionaries and Islamic jihadis - to form a highly toxic threat. Unbeknownst to Moscow, a small band of British spies had been secretly smuggled into Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution. They were an unlikely group of men: self taught and highly educated. Their boss was endearingly eccentric. Mansfield Cumming was a monocled, one-legged sea captain with a passion for secret inks and homemade explosives. Cumming gave his agents free range to do whatever they wanted once they were inside Soviet Russia: 'Just don't get yourself killed,' was his only injunction. Over the course of the next three years, his spies would be involved in murder, deception and duplicity on a grand scale. Living in disguise - and constantly switching identities - they would infiltrate Soviet commissariats, the Red Army and Cheka (secret police), and would come within a whisker of assassinating Lenin. The pinnacle of their achievement was to unmask Lenin's plan for global revolution. It would reach its denouement in the Central Asian city of Tashkent. Lenin's global plot would be spectacularly unravelled. Britain's spies proved brilliantly successful in saving the Western world from catastrophe. They found a wholly new way in which to deal with enemies, one that relied on espionage and dirty tricks rather than warfare. As such, they were the unsung founders of today's modern, highly professional secret services and, in their way, inspiration for fictional heroes to follow, from James Bond to Jason Bourne. Russian Roulette draws on little known records from India Political Intelligence that have only recently been released into the public domain, including rare duplicated copies of reports from MI6's closed archives.


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    Title
    Russian Roulette
    Subtitle
    A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giles Milton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 668 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781444737028
    ISBN 10: 1444737023
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JPSH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS037070, POL036000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK, 3JJG
    DC23: 327.1241009041
    Illustrations note
    2x8 b&w insets
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Sceptre
    Publication date
    29 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the bestselling author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Big Chief Elizabeth, The Riddle and the Knight, White Gold, Samurai William, Paradise Lost and, most recently, Wolfram. His books have been translated into 18 languages. White Gold is currently being piloted as a major Channel 4 series. He has also written two novels and three children's books, two of them illustrated by his wife Alexandra. He lives in South London. Find out more about Giles and his books by visiting the following links. Personal website: www.gilesmilton.com Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_Milton Twitter: www.twitter.com/survivehistory Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Giles-Milton-Writer/121068034610842
    Review quote
    Giles Milton's fast-packed account of Britain's attempts to sabotage Lenin's revolution reads like a madcap thriller... Milton has synthesised and filleted a mass of material - old memoirs, official archives and newly released intelligence files - to produce a rollicking tale... which explains the long war against Russia with verve, wit and colour. It reads like fiction, but it is, astonishingly, history. The Times This gripping history of derring-do and invisible ink brings to life the exploits of the British spies who waged war against Russia during the Cold War ... Full of novelistic flourishes ... [readers] will find themselves as gripped as they would be by the very best of Fleming or le Carre. The Sunday Times A terrific story, told with Milton's customary fluency and eye for detail. Mail on Sunday Milton is a compulsive storyteller whose rattling style ensures this is the antithesis of a dry treatise on espionage. And unlike 007, it's all true. Daily Express This chronicle of British undercover push back against Bolshevik world conspiracy proves to be an exciting ringside seat at the Russian Revolution... accomplished British author Milton does a fine job of keeping order without sparing suspense... A beguiling ride through a riotous time by a historian and able storyteller who knows his facts and his audience. Kirkus (starred review) With this marvelous, meticulously researched and truly ground-breaking account of British spies working in Lenin's stripling Soviet Union, Giles Milton - with his best book so far - reminds us of a time when the spying game was dangerous, fun and even, dare one say it cool. Simon Winchester, author of THE MAN WHO UNITED THE STATES