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The classic true adventure story of a man who, by the pen, sword, and diplomatic pouch, influenced some of the most significant events of our era. Fitzroy Maclean recounts his extraordinary adventures in Soviet Central Asia; in the Western Desert, where he specialized in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines; and with Tito’s partisans during the last months of the German occupation of Yugoslavia.

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Enlightening and downright funny. There is a lot to learn about these mysterious places and reckless train travel during that era. MacLean then shifts to a description of Stalin’s political purges that is both detailed and personal. That’s the key to this book — his personal presentation of what he saw and heard, not just another history book.

He saves the second half of Eastern Approaches to detail his experiences during WWII in Yugoslavia and his diplomatic yet military association with Tito and the partisans. I thought I knew something about these events and about Tito but after reading Eastern Approaches I realized I had known nothing at all.

I couldn’t put this book down. This is well and truly an exciting book. The part I enjoyed the most is the one providing an account of the author’s travel adventured in Central Asia: The author’s account of the infamous Moscow trials in the late ‘s is also extremely interesting indeed, it is well worth buying the book for the author’s first hand impression of the Moscow trials, considering that he was one of the lucky few third party observers to physically attend the trials.

The more ‘military’ component of the book will also be of interest, even if mostly for the military history enthusiast and, possibly, less so for the general public. The author’s account and assessment of Tito will no doubt also be of interest to many.

Fitzroy MacClean was a real-life “James Bond”, and his story is thought-provoking as well.

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I did not know the full story of how the war in Yugoslavia turned out as it did. Tito in partlcular changed from his initial persona as just another Communist into a real national leader. Yes; this is indeed a great book.

Yes, I have eclectic tastes. I just met a young man in his twenties from Yugoslavia and we discussed the book — it is still read as a source of information as well as being a really interesting and enjoyable book.

One person found this helpful. Fitzroy Maclean was quite a character and even parachuted into Europe to meet world leaders. One of the founders of MI5 or is it 6. It is rather detailed and I’m a slow reader. But it is quite well written and gives one a taste of what Europe was like in the earlier part of the 20th century. Eastern Approaches is a wonderful book. It reads like a historical travelog. The author, a British diplomat inembarks on numerous travel adventures.


Fromhe is stationed at the British embassy in Moscow. For three years, he sits in on Stalin’s political trials and purges in addition to traveling throughout Russia by train and boat. Next, he joins the British army and fights the Italians and Germans in the deserts of Libya.

Finally, the author travels to Yugoslavia where he serves as the link between Winston Churchill and Marshall Tito to help the partisans drive the Germans out of that country.

The author, Fitzroy Maclean, did not need to check library sources for primary information. Fihzroy, he reveals his exploits with great humor and crisp British wit. A timeless and enlightening read. Well written giving one a real grasp for the times Mr.

He was a well traveled man in historic times. The problem is a kaclean lost in a flood of names, without any useful maps its too confusing. See all 76 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us.

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