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From the British Embassy in Paris to Moscow was the first step of the author's in achieving his ambition to travel in Central Asia, and part of this is his record of how he managed to get into closed zones. For he soon learned that the NKVD was ever vigilant, but that, with some round about planning he could make his destination. On leaves he managed, by hook, crook and luck, to keep off the beaten track and, without permissions but with a lot of ingenuity, rambled at large in the Turkestan, across the Caspian, into Lenkoran and Tiflis, etc. He found the long arm of the Kremlin everywhere but, even with tactical errors, chalked up success. The rest of the book is devoted to his assignments during World War II, where first in the Middle East, he soon was working with irregulars, volunteers, whose job it was to nip trouble in the bud, which led to his mission in Jugoslavia where he was contact man with the Partisans and Tito. This is a section devoted to guerrilla warfare, to delicate political manoeuverings against the Axis, and an intimate picture of Tito and the shifts in international feelings which carries right up to the beginning of the peace. An interestingly adventurous book which gives a definite sense of behind the scenes reporting, a personal feeling of events experienced and people known. Good reading for men.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1950
Publisher: Little, Brown