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  • Published: 21 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141042848
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $24.99

Eastern Approaches




The perennially-selling story of Fitzroy Maclean's exploits in Soviet Russia, North Africa and Yugoslavia

Posted to Moscow as a young diplomat before the Second World War, Fitzroy Maclean travelled widely, with or without permission, in some of the wildest and remotest parts of the Soviet Union, then virtually closed to foreigners. In 1942 he fought as a founder member of the SAS in North Africa. There Maclean specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq. In 1943 he parachuted into German-occupied Yugoslavia as Winston Churchill's personal representative to Josip Broz Tito and remained there until 1945, all enemy attempts to capture him proving unsuccessful.

Eastern Approaches is Maclean's classic, gripping account of the sybaritic delights of diplomatic life, the thrill of remote travel in the then-forbidden zones of Central Asia, and the violence and adventure of world-changing tours in North Africa and Yugoslavia. Maclean is the original British action hero and this is blistering reading.

  • Published: 21 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141042848
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Fitzroy Maclean

Fitzroy Maclean was a Scottish diplomat, soldier, adventurer, politician and writer. During World War II he was posted to Yugoslavia as Churchill's personal representative and Commander of the Mission with Tito's partisans. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France), Order of Kutuzov (Russia) and Partisan Star (Yugoslavia). In 1993 he was created a Knight of the Thistle, Scotland's highest chivalric order.

Eastern Approaches, the account of his experiences in Russia and Central Asia before the war, has sold more than a million copies in seven languages. His other books include a History of Scotland and a biography of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Praise for Eastern Approaches

One of the bravest men in the British army, and one of the funniest

Ben Macintyre

An absorbing mixture of military adventure, political judgement, urbane wit, cool humour and surprising incident

Financial Times

This book literally changed my life

Simon Sebag Montefiore

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