- Hardcover: 355 pages
- Publisher: Putnam; 1st Edition 2nd Printing edition (1932)
- ASIN: B000XYYXYC
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,490,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
MEMOIRS OF A BRITISH AGENT: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S EARLY LIFE IN MANY LANDS AND OF HIS OFFICIAL MISSION TO MOSCOW IN 1918. Hardcover – 1932
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Publisher Putnam. no dw, 1932 1st, 355pp
Top Customer Reviews
The descriptions of the author's young life with the rubber planters in Malaya are fun, but the really fascinating chapters are towards the end of the book, when he describes his many meetings with Trostky and Lenin and other leaders of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia towards the end of the First World War, and his failed attempts to dissuade the Western Allies from intervening to try and defeat the nascent revolution. Then being accused, falsely, by Bolshevik elements of being behind the assassination attempt on Lenin, resulting in his imprisonment in the Lubyanka and the Kremlin before being released in a spy swap, as Lenin recovered from his serious injuries.
Some of the middle parts of the book can be a bit tedious, as we are introduced to one Russian after another, but the gripping final chapters fully reward perseverance. The author's son provides a useful forward, which casts light on all the many activities that his father was involved in during the rest of his unusually eventual life.
The book seems dank.
I am very pleased to have a copy.