Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Plot for Global Revolution

Book - 2014
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"In 1917, a band of communist revolutionaries stormed the Winter Palace of Tsar Nicholas II, a dramatic and explosive act marking that Vladimir Lenin's communist revolution was now underway. But Lenin would not be satisfied with overthrowing the Tsar. His goal was a global revolt that would topple all Western capitalist regimes starting with the British Empire. This book tells the story of the British spies in revolutionary Russia and their mission to stop Lenin's red tide from washing across the free world. They were an eccentric cast of characters, led by Mansfield Cumming, a one-legged, monocle-wearing former sea captain, and included novelist W. Somerset Maugham, beloved children's author Arthur Ransome, and the dashing, ice-cool Sidney Reilly, the legendary Ace of Spies and a model for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Cumming's network would pioneer the field of covert action and would one day become Britain's Military Intelligence 6 (MI -6) -- book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620405680
1620405687
Branch Call Number: 327.12 Milton 2014
Characteristics: xiv, 378 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Feb 02, 2015

So ends in practical disaster another of Winston's military attempts...

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SEBoiko
Feb 02, 2015

Lenin himself had argued that setting India aflame was the only way to guarantee the long term destruction of the West.

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SEBoiko
Feb 02, 2015

The Cheka had proved ruthlessly efficient in times of crisis.

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SEBoiko
Feb 02, 2015

Either the Russian revolution will create a revolutionary movement in Europe, or the European powers will destroy the Russian revolution.

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SEBoiko
Feb 02, 2015

It was as if Lenin was a new Messiah, albeit one preaching violent revolution rather than peace.

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Hopalong_Kid
Aug 22, 2016

Great book detailing British espionage during the Russian Revolution. This book presents roots of modern spycraft. Good stuff.

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Bill_R
Oct 09, 2014

Fascinating run through an important chunk of 20th century history, tied together from a different angle. Great reminder how many of the roots of today's Middle East mess go back nearly a century or more. Those spies did very well getting info about the insides of a chaotic revolutionary situation -- if we had that kind of on-the-ground humint today we would be surprised less often.

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