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Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. Mai 2014

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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

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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: Wikipedia: Twitter: Facebook:

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A good romp through the subject 30. April 2014
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The November 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was a matter of great concern to the British Government. Lenin had stated his intention to take Russia out of the war with Germany; that would leave Germany able to concentrate all its efforts on the Western Front. Lenin was bent on the destruction of the British Empire, specifically stating, 'England is our greatest enemy' and identifying British India as a prime target. And Lenin's declared plans for world revolution were far from mere rhetoric; again, India was a specifically-named target.

So we need not be surprised that British Intelligence Services were active in Russia even before Lenin and Trotsky returned from exile. It is even thought likely that the bullet that killed Rasputin (believed 'guilty' of attempting to use his influence with the Tsarina to take Russia out of the war) came from the revolver of a British agent, Oswald Rayner.

Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, was formed in 1916 under Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming, the original 'C'. Russian Roulette is primarily concerned with the period from that time until Smith-Cumming's death in 1923. The book is largely based on the surprising number of memoirs written by British agents operating in Russia before, during and after the Revolution, and on government documents placed in the British National Archives in Kew and in the British Library.

Some British agents were already established as writers; they included Arthur Ransome, and Somerset Maugham. Arthur Ransome was in Russia as a correspondent for a London newspaper, the Daily News. At one point the newspaper had to be pressured by MI6 not to fire Ransome for his apparent Bolshevik sympathies; his reports were uniquely valuable as he was personally acquainted with Lenin and Trotsky and close to (and was later to marry) Trotsky's secretary.

Robert Bruce Lockhart, in 1917 the Acting British Consul-General in Moscow, went on to become Editor of the London Evening Standard's gossip column. In Moscow, he was a co-conspirator with the infamous 'Ace of Spies', Sidney Reilly, as they plotted to launch a counter-revolution with the assassination, by Reilly himself, of Lenin and Trotsky.

Reilly - born Rosenblum in southern Ukraine - 'believed that he would do for Russia what Napoleon did for France' and 'When he had come to consider who might replace Lenin, he looked no further than the mirror.' He failed, of course, and he and Lockhart were lucky to escape Russia with their lives. In 1925, Reilly was unwise enough to return and was caught and executed by the Cheka.

Other British agents given very full coverage in Russian Roulette include George Hill and Frederick Bailey. Ian Fleming's fictional James Bond surely owes something to the real exploits of both Sidney Reilly and George Hill. They operated in north-western Russia, mainly Moscow and Petrograd. Frederick Bailey, more of a Richard Hannay figure The 39 Steps (Vintage Classics), penetrated the nascent Soviet Union from northern India, living openly at first, but later undercover, in Tashkent. His stay there became more and more dangerous and he ultimately escaped disguised as an Albanian mercenary who applied for and was appointed to a position in the counter-espionage branch of the Cheka.

Russian Roulette sits at the popular end of history publishing. Much of the subject matter lends itself to that and, where the opportunities present themselves, Giles Milton makes what he can of extra-marital relationships, the Emir of Bukhara's 400 concubines, and the use of human semen as invisible ink. But there is plenty of ultimately more significant material too. In total, the book is a good romp through the subject.
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British spies, embedded from the start of the Russian Soviet Socialist revolution. 9. Juni 2014
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An interesting insight into the genesis of British foreign secret service.
An organisation created in the aftermath of WW1 and in response to the threat posed by
the Marxist/Lennist revolution in Russia with its aim of world wide revolution.

The story takes us through the collapse of Czarist Russia, British evolvement in the death of
Czarist Rasputin and the formation of a British spy network in Soviet Russia. All set against the
British Intelligence war against the ruthless Cheka and soviet attempts to liberate India
from British colonial rule.

Written in that delightful British style reminiscent of the author with a British Public School, Oxford
or Cambridge University background.
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Another of Miltons's eye-opening and entertaining historical adventures. 14. Dezember 2014
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As with Milton's other historical books, this is an informative and entertaining read, with lots of true, yet larger than life characters, including the famous spy Sidney Rilley who inspired the TV series Rilley Ace of Spies.

However, it isn't quite as coherent and compellingly written as his most popular books like Nathaniel's Nutmeg. Great reading if you're interested in this period of history, but not his best book to start with.
Fascinating and Engaging Spy Story 25. März 2014
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I found this book to be a greatly fascinating and engaging read. I haven't read much on Russia, so this was a fascinating historical read for me.

The book tells the history of the Russian Revolution around 1917 and the role that British spies played in thwarting that revolution. The author gives a good amount of background information to the reader before really getting into the particulars of the revolution. This allows a reader who is unfamiliar with Russia's history to get acquainted with the basics before the really important information is tossed at them. Prior to reading this book, I had heard Lenin's name but really didn't have much idea as to who he was and what his importance in global/Russian history was. This book introduced me to Lenin right at the start, allowing me to have a little bit of background information about why he was important up until the revolution before giving me information about his impact in the revolution.

The information in this book is completely fascinating. Who doesn't love spy stories? Not only is this a story about spies, but it's a true story about spies and their role in thwarting the Russian Revolution. This book talks about everything the spies had to understand- from secret codes and invisible inks to cool gadgets and firearms. This book would be the perfect read for anyone interested in information on spies.

The authors writing style was really quite pleasant. It seems that lately I've been reading non-fiction books where the writing is either extremely academic or just generally confusing to read. This author writes in a style that is easy to understand and enjoyable to read. The author does a fantastic job of writing in a manner that is easy for the general reader to understand but not too easy that the experienced, technical non-fiction reader will get bored with it. I would definitely be interested in reading more works by this author because he writes in such an engaging style, drawing the reader into the text and not letting them go until the end.

Overall, I would have to say that this is one of the better nonfiction books that I have read in awhile. The information was fascinating and the author writes in an engaging and informative style. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in spies or Russian history, it is definitely a book that's worth your time.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.
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Reilly a master of spies 15. November 2013
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Thrilling deadly political and military maneuvers played by governments so similar to today's politics, its scary. I couldn't put it down.
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