The original British action hero
Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq.
Maclean's extraordinary adventures in the Western Desert and later fighting alongside Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia are blistering reading and show what it took to be a British hero who broke the mould . . .
Praise for Eastern Approaches
One of the bravest men in the British army, and one of the funniestBen Macintyre
An absorbing mixture of military adventure, political judgement, urbane wit, cool humour and surprising incidentFinancial Times
A man of daring characterWinston Churchill