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But whatever it is, it zings along in entirely cheery and boisterous fashion, and is remarkably entertaining along the way.

Jumping blind into enemy territory in Yugoslavia ought to have been horrifying, but he treats it almost as a bit of a lark. But that covers maybe only a macpean of the book.

Mar 27, Christopher Bunn rated it it was amazing. Quite an experience, this one. Whatever the case we are soon accompanying him on one of three great journeys he undertakes during his time in the USSR; and I defy anyone whose soul contains even a trace of the romantic not to fall in with his boyish enthusiasm for forbidden and difficult exploration. At the time I made a mental note to read the book, and if I had realised how good this w In the UK there is a long running radio show called “Desert Island Discs”, which features approahes people talking about their lives.

A stop-over in Algiers meant a specially arranged radio phone call with Churchill.

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Mac,ean MacLean is a wonderful story teller, who’s personality shines through every page of this adventurous memoir.

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Eastern Approaches

We should never romanticize war, but MacLean does make the most of his numerous situations and while the following passage describing gurerilla life in the Serbian countryside does not glamorize war, it is plain from MacLean’s recollections that the daily grind, while alternately terrifying and exhausting, was occasionally idyllic, or at the very least, interspersed with beautiful moments: Fitzroy MacClean was a real-life “James Bond”, and his story is thought-provoking as well.

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By using this site, you agree apprroaches the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Maclean recounts how Charles Stoddart and Arthur Conolly were executed there in fitzrroy context of The Great Gameand how Joseph Wolffknown as the Maclran Missionary, barely escaped their fate when he came looking for them in This common experience had overcome all differences of class or race or temperament and forged between them ezstern bonds of loyalty and affection. Here are the things I didn’t like: It was disappointing to see a mind sharp as MacLean’s descend into trite stereotypes and occasionally, more virulently racist depictions as seen in an encounter with an Italian Somali soldier in Benghazi.

This was a book of my Grandmother’s that I found in a box recently. This journey, unlike the previous two, was at the request of the British government. Eisenhower wanted to meet them. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Maclean, who hated telephone conversations, managed to wring amusement from the mix-ups of codes and a;proaches.

With its gunmetal letters, SAS insignia, and prominent blurb from Malean. And, he reveals his exploits with great humor and crisp British wit.

And all of that is just the opening act! There is a certain boyish enthusiasm in his prose where even long and desperate marches with guerilla forces or terrifying drives through endless desert without water take on the flavor of a Boy Scout adventure. With a jerk my parachute opened and I found myself dangling, as it were at the end of a string, I’d never heard of MacLean, but a few minutes skimming marked him as a man of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s, or rather T.


It’s clearly a personal memoir rather than history with an attempt at objectivity, but in general I find memoirs more interesting. Soon he found himself back in Moscow.

The cover of my edition doesn’t do this book justice.

Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy MacLean

Still, MacLean’s love of action for the sake of adventure was clearly a defining personality trait- apparently he and his wife were driving relief supplies into the former Yugoslavia in a pause in the Balkan wars of the 90s, despite being in their 70s at the time.

MacLean followed in the footsteps of many famous British gentlemen explorers, soldiers and diplomats often all at the same time. Once more, by sheer force of personality and intellect, he compelled attention. The dozen stone-built houses were without exception of pre-revolutionary construction and the wooden houses with their eaves carved in the old Siberian style were unbelievably dilapidated.

KermanshahHamadanKazvinTeheran. Mar 13, Adrian rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fitzroy MacLean has an engaging, intelligent writing style that presents history as he experienced it in the most unlikely places. They were concerned about the influence of Fazlollah Zahedithe general in charge of the Persian forces in the Isfahan area, who, their intelligence told them, was stockpiling grain, liaising with German agents, and preparing an uprising. Churchill was happy to give this matter his personal attention, and, Maclean says, he did it very well.

This is the most fast-paced, absorbing section.

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