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This review is from: Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot (Hardcover)
This is a very well written and researched book on one of the most unknown episodes in contemporary history, namely: the involvement of England and its efforts to prevent a Communist takeover in India. It was the idea of Lenin to act there because he thought that a Communist India would further his global revolution.
Giles Milton demonstrates with great skill in what way spies were responsible for subverting Lenin's plot. He does so with the help of newly declassified documents and explains in great detail the deeds of those English spies who risked their lives for England. Indeed, it was also Churchill who made use of chemical weapons against those whom he despised tremendously, the Bolsheviks. The book shows to what extent the early English spies of the twentieth century were productive in gaining and offering raw intelligence material about Russia to their masterspies, in particular to C, the so-called famous Mansfield Cumming. The role of intelligence in history is well known, and Mr. Milton has added another piece in this fascinating puzzle. As he writes, "one spy could produce information worth one year of diplomatic work".
This book is fascinating and is a very good read, covering the years 1909-1925.