Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches


Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy lines, including the daring and outrageous kidnapping of the German Consul in Axis-controlled Iraq.

Maclean's extraordinary adventures in the Western Desert and later fighting alongside Tito's partisans in Yugoslavia are blistering reading and show what it took to be a British hero who broke the mould . . .


  • One of the bravest men in the British army, and one of the funniest
    Ben Macintyre

About the author

Fitzroy MaClean

Fitzroy Maclean was a British diplomat who was one of the first Westerners to explore Soviet Russia. He was a founder member of the SAS, and later liaised on behalf of the allies with the Partisans in Yugoslavia. A Member of Parliament for over thirty years, he served as Under-Secretary for War in the Churchill and Eden governments. Among his best-known books are Eastern Approaches, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Portrait of the Soviet Union, All the Russias and Highlanders. Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Bt, died on 15 June 1996.
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