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On Secret Service East of Constantinople

The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire

Peter Hopkirk

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John Murray
11 May 2006
Under the banner of a Holy War, masterminded in Berlin and unleashed from Constantinople, the Germans and the Turks set out in 1914 to foment violent revolutionary uprisings against the British in India and the Russians in Central Asia. It was a new and more sinister version of the old Great Game, with world domination as its ultimate aim.

Here, told in epic detail and for the first time, is the true story behind John Buchan's classic wartime thriller Greenmantle, recounted through the adventures and misadventures of the secret agents and others who took part in it. It is an ominously topical tale today in view of the continuing turmoil in this volatile region where the Great Game has never really ceased.
By:   Peter Hopkirk
Imprint:   John Murray
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   312g
ISBN:   9780719564512
ISBN 10:   0719564514
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   11 May 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into fourteen languages.

Reviews for On Secret Service East of Constantinople: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire

Recreates with much verve and brilliance, the clandestine attempts by Britain's imperial rivals to subvert the British Empire in India - Guardian Tells with great fluency, authority and narrative skill . . . a story which no single book has told before - Sunday Telegraph


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