Eastern Approaches () is an autobiographical account of the early career of Fitzroy Maclean. It is divided into three parts: his life as a junior diplomat in. Buy Eastern Approaches (Penguin World War II Collection) by Fitzroy MaClean ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and. Eastern Approaches has ratings and 97 reviews. Here Fitzroy Maclean recounts his extraordinary adventures in Soviet Central Asia, in the Western.

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They tried to evacuate Greece and Macedonia by air, but again the Allies thwarted them. Maclean was assigned a little torpedo boatcomplete with a cautious captain and an attractive stenographer. He wants to see Tashkent and Samarkand. His bravery in North Africa is astonishing.

The row of shops in the high street were a disgrace even by Soviet standards and the unpaved streets maclena sea of mud. At this point all support for the Cetniks was withdrawn, a fact Churchill announced in the House of Commons. Maclean’s fine eye for person, place and anecdote continues to show in this last section as well.

He discovers that diplomacy and politics are not allowed to mix, gets himself proposed as a parliamentary candidate and thus forces the Foreign Office to approacues his resignation.

I read this long ago when I was still at school, but remember it with great fondness. His ,aclean linguistic skills left me sighing in envy, as well- dropped behind enemy lines and he still takes to Serbo-Croatian like a duck to water If you want an intelligent, keenly observed, insider’s account of a massively important era in modern history, and a thrilling story, read this book. The drive back was uneventful, but nearing Cairo, Maclean, along with most of his party, was seriously injured in a crash and spent months out of action.

Here Fitzroy Maclean recounts his extraordinary adventures in Soviet Central Asia, in the Western Desert, where he specialized in hair-raising commando-style raids behind enemy lines, and with Tito’s naclean during the last months of the German occupation of Yugoslavia.

Although admitting “full political and juridical responsibility” for the crimes, he denies — convincingly — each specific claim murder, sabotage, etc.

Fitzroy MacLean’s adventures make those of James Bond pale into insignificance. This entailed going back and forth from the forested hillsides of Bosnia, hungry, wet, desolate, to lavish State dinners in Italy, and MacLean, an epicurian with endurance to spare enjoyed the best of both worlds.

Miles Lotman rated it really liked it. Maclean arranged for an Allied officer, under his command, to be attached to each of the main Partisan bases, bringing with approached a radio transmitting set. Despite his switch to the military from diplomacy, he retained a keen and rare insight for political foresight, which his position in the field fighting alongside guerilla fighters in the Balkans also uniquely positioned him to gain such an understanding.


At one point he manages with difficulty to persuade the Soviets to let him cross into Afghanistan: In addition to his own heroic exploits, which he recounts rather modestly, he describes with humanity, compassion and humour the various personalities he encountered on his path, including Tito.

For them, any deviation, however slight, was a crime. The regents were sworn in, as was the united government, and the British ambassador flew in.

He observes how in Yugoslavia he lived off the land. British troops had supported the Democratic Republic after World War Iand Maclean sought out the British war cemeteryin the process discovering an English governess who had lived in the town since Trivia About Eastern Approaches.

A substantial body of Eastern Approaches is taken up by a gripping account of delicate diplomacy Tito is a convinced communist with Stalin as a natural ally and military bravado. The Partisans were extremely proud of their movement, dedicated to it, and prepared to live a life of austerity in its cause.

In fact, the most significant difference between James Bond and Fitzroy MacLean is that the former is a fictional character and the latter a real man who somehow survived this incredible string of adventures.

We found ourselves looking forward to the evening meal with painful fixity”.

Eastern Approaches

Maclean’s convoy drove to the Gebel across the Sand Sea at its narrowest point, Zighenand made it there undetected, although “bazaar gossip” from an Arab spy indicated that the enemy expected an imminent attack. As if that were not enough, he writes with fluency eatsern wit, enlivening his story for page after page by pointed anecdotes and evocative recreation of people and places.

He wants only the Russian text; for the purpose of keeping his mental faculties fully sharpened! Either way, it’s a tense, atmospheric piece of writing. Once inside the occupied city, their patrol came face to face with Italian soldiers several times; Maclean, with his excellent Italian, managed to bluff his way out of all of these encounters by pretending to be a staff officer.

It is very present-tense storytelling, concerned with whatever obstacles MacLean must overcome, whether they be eluding authorities on the road to the fabled ancient city of Amclean or securing a safe supply drop zone for partisan guerillas. Then he concludes with the years spent fighting the Nazis approzches the Balkans with Tito. Brilliantly and humorously written, breathtaking in its insight apprroaches such unique and terrible futzroy periods Stalin’s purges in pre-war Moscow, the SAS operations in North Africa, and, most enthralling, the fitzrog days of Tito and his partisans fighting the Germans in Yugoslaviaand warmly human, I can’t speak highly enough about what MacLean has done with this book.


After he left the U. He lived closely with Tito and his troops and had the ear of Churchill, and as such his recommendations shaped the Allies’ policy towards Yugoslavia. The British has begun to suspect that they backed the wrong guerilla army, and MacLean was sent in to evaluate the partisans, led by the shadowy figure known as Tito.

Dobro, to svako zna. From the terrace of the Kalemegdanthe ancient fort in the middle of the city, they witnessed the withdrawal of German troops over the Danube to the suburb of Zemun. To ask other readers questions about Eastern Approachesplease a;proaches up.

There is no false glory: Remember, this was part of Winston’s “Balkan” strategy about which U. This was a book of my Grandmother’s macleaj I found in a box recently.

Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy MacLean

The book is filled with adventures that are spectacularly entertaining: He is an excellent and sympathetic judge of people. He stated his conclusions straightforwardly: Leeper put in a word for him, and very soon Maclean was told to go to London to get his instructions directly from the prime minister. He judged easterrn an “enchanted city”, with buildings that rivalled “the finest architecture of the Italian Renaissance “.

A mixture of brazenly pretending he had every right to be there, and the extracting of the goodwill of some unusual characters meant MacLean got a lot further afield than easteern others would have in his place. It was at this point of his career that he was picked to play a crucial role in Yugoslavia, where the British were concerned at a lack of progress being made by the Cetniks, who they had been providing with weapons and equipment.

Eastern Approaches is autobiography of the best sort. It’s a first person account and immensely fitzrot. When war comes, he wants to join up–but Foreign Office regulations prohibit it.