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The Last Ambassador: August Torma, Soldier, Diplomat, Spy. (On the Boundary of Two Worlds) Paperback – 29 Mar 2011
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Tina Tamman s biography of August Torma (1885-1971) sheds welcome new light on the history of independent Estonia, as well as the long decades of Soviet domination during which Torma stayed on in London as Estonia s last ambassador. Tammanshows great insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Torma s personality the book is [ ] generously illustrated. in: Diplomact and Statescraft 23:3 (2012)
A poignant portrait I took this book on holiday with me, read it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it a thought-provoking glimpse into a vanished world. Edward Lucas, The Economist"
"Tina Tamman's biography of August Torma (1885-1971) sheds welcome new light on the history of independent Estonia, as well as the long decades of Soviet domination during which Torma stayed on in London as Estonia's "last ambassador." ... Tammanshows great insight into the strengths and weaknesses of Torma's personality ... the book is [...] generously illustrated." - in: Diplomact and Statescraft 23/3 (2012) "A poignant portrait ... I took this book on holiday with me, read it twice and thoroughly enjoyed it ... a thought-provoking glimpse into a vanished world." - Edward Lucas, The Economist
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29 July 2011
Thanks to its last ambassador, August Torma, the pre-war Republic of Estonia never ceased to exist. For his sheer doggedness alone, Torma the diplomat should be viewed as a national hero. Sadly, he died not long before the resurrection of free Estonia in 1991, but the steady relationships he established and maintained with Foreign Office officials over several decades helped keep hope alive among his many fellow-countrymen washed up on British shores by Soviet occupation amd German invasion. Part of his personal archive is still missing, and some mystery still surrounds Torma the soldier, serving the British Army in the North Russian intervention, and Torma the spy, or at most facilitator of the fight for independence against Soviet re-occupation. This excellent book also reflects on Torma the man, musician and cultured citizen of Europe.
31 August 2011
This is a surprising book, not what I expected. I loved the photographs - they made the story come alive, but the story itself was altogether much more human than I had been led to believe. It is surprising that Torma's life story and the documents available in archives have combined into a history of the first Republic of Estonia. A good and interesting book - I would recommend it to anybody. My only criticism is about the price - it is very expensive. I was lucky to have been given it as a present.