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am 29. Juni 1998
This book has been reissued by Penguin in the UK. Comprises three sections: 1. Clandestine travel in Stalin's Central Asia. Excellent description of the show trials of the 1930's. 2. Formation of SAS in North Africa 3. Clear interpretation of the war time state of Yugoslavia from the man who pursuaded Churchill to support Tito as the only real opposition to the Nazi occupation. An astounding understanding and lucid explanation of the political situation, written by a participant. If you want to understand the current state of the Balkans then this is the place to start. Maclean's style of writing is very readable.
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am 12. Mai 2000
I want to keep this short, but so much could by said about this book and it's author Sir Fitzroy Maclean. What awes me about this book is that it is a true story . That one man could experience so much in about 8-9 years leaves me spellbound. This book is set from just prior to World War Two until just after. The experiences of the author are breathtaking. From travelling throughout Soviet Central Asia prior to the war, to being selected by Winston Churchill to lead the Allied Mission to Yugoslavia during the war. The panache, vigour, and willingness to experience life that the author displays should be lessons to us all. This book can be read purely as a very informative and enjoyable military history of the period. But, I believe it is much more valuable as a pure testament to the value and benefits of a positive outlook towards life and keen willingness to travel and learn about the world and the people and the cultures that it comprises.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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am 14. August 1999
For those of you who are not in the know Fitzroy Maclean and his adventures served as the basis for conceiving the original James Bond Novels. Ian Fleming and Maclean worked closely with each other during the war.
This is the ultimate book for those who would yearn for the active life --- who wonder what it is like to be trailed by soviet spies; who think of the thrill of sleeping in pine scented forests of the Balkans while being hunted by Nazis; who would don a turban and travel with the real hard men of the Long Range Desert Group (none of those softy American seals, marines and the like) into the Western Desert during WWII --- but are too engrossed in reading to leave their armchairs.
Reading this book makes one realise what it really is like to live an active life. Throw away your Anthony Robbins, if you want inspiration read this book.
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am 30. August 1998
Fitzroy MacLean writes a true and entertaining story of his life as a British diplomat escapading around Russia, starting the British version of the Special Forces in the deserts of North Africa during WWII, and, of great interest to current politics, his time with Tito in the former Yugoslavia. He is funny and entertaining presenting a lesson of history. Very honest and easy to read. A must read for anyone into WWII history or anyone in the military today.
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am 15. Juni 2000
It reads better than a non fiction. Simply a fantastic read. What today would lead to being elevated to national hero status was in those days "part of the job". If you enjoy reading about events around WW2, and the people who helped shape the outcome, read this. Written with typical british humor. Excellent
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