Eastern Approaches
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Eastern Approaches
Fitzroy Maclean
Travel & Adventure
Jul 29, 2018
A superlatively well-written account of momentous doings and stirring times, Eastern Approaches has long claimed a spot on the shelf of adventure masterpieces. Anyone interested in twentieth-century history or susceptible to the romance of undercover intrigue will be enthralled by Fitzroy Maclean’s ripping memoir. First published in 1949, it relates the exploits that occupied the young Eton- and Cambridge-educated author during the years immediately before and after the outbreak of World War II. With the shrewd and rakish fearlessness of a true man of action, Maclean intrepidly snooped around Stalin’s off-limits Russia in the late 1930s. Then he helped found Britain’s legendary SAS (Special Air Service) and spearheaded daring raids behind Rommel’s Afrika Korps lines in the Western Desert. Best of all for the reader, these astonishing, courageous, history-making exploits are narrated in prose that’s so fluid, muscular, and rattlingly paced that Maclean could probably have made walking the dog sound gripping, had he ever stooped to anything quite so mundane.
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May 3, 2019
A great picture of the era in which it was written
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