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Memoirs Of A British Agent: Being An Account Of The Author's Early Life In Many Lands And Of His Official Mission To Moscow In 1918

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When it was first published in 1932, "Memoirs of a British Agent" achieved bestseller status both in the United States and in Great Britain. R.H. Lockhart's account of the years he spent representing Britain's Foreign Office in Russia is still immensely entertaining and informative today. Lockhart was not an espionage agent; he was a diplomat. He was Britain's Vice-Consul ...more
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Feliks
Feb 24, 2016 Feliks rated it really liked it
I can't recall that I've ever read an autobiography or memoir as gripping and entertaining as this one.

Yes indeed. I'd rank this as the #1 most adventurous memoir I've ever encountered. It beats out Beryl Markham's 'West With the Night'; shoves aside anything by Hemingway; and even eclipses 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom' by TE Lawrence. It's an extraordinarily fun and entertaining read.

The story covers so many episodes of European history and culture --yanks the cover back on so many diplomatic imb
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Sherwood Smith
Whew. Even though I knew that the author was alive when he wrote this memoir, that last section was gripping; subsequent to the attack on Lenin's life, the repercussions were fast and grim. It was, according to Lockhart, Lenin himself who in recovery was able to say, "Stop the Terror."

In prison, Lockhart briefly meets the woman who shot Lenin. It's a fascinating scene. This book deftly presents the POV of an outsider who becomes almost an insider as the events of the Revolution unfold. He is alw
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Martin
I picked up this book as one review reported that it game insight into the mysterious Rasputin. It does not. In some ways the book does give some interesting insight into the Russian Revolution. On the other hand, much of the book is trivial and unimportant day-to-day recollections. It's clear the author was not candid when it came to the Brits' policy toward the Bolsheviks or his personal life.

I did especially like one turn of a phrase used by the author, "Gibertian situation," meaning somethin
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Stanislav Sokolenko
A fascinating account of a British diplomat's life and work during the Russian revolution. It proved to be a very enjoyable read and added a significant amount of character to the historical milestones of the period. It was a strange thing to read the personal recollections of British diplomat from his encounters with great figures such as Lenin and Trotsky.
kencf0618
Derring-do in very early Bolshevik Russia. A great yarn packed with vignettes of vanished worlds and character portraits –I just about fell in love with the book's style. They don't write 'em like that anymore!

Peter
Mar 16, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart was a devoted Scot who boasted that his line went back to Robert the Bruce and there was not a drop of English blood in his veins. He was a charmer, a serial philanderer, a British diplomat, and a spy who was posted to Moscow during the Bolshevik Revolution. His 1932 book Memoirs of a British Agent: Being an Account of the Author’s Early Life in Many Lands And Of His Official Mission to Moscow in 1918 was a hot ticket in its day and still finds happy readers.

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Harry Rutherford
I picked up a 1950 Penguin paperback of this at a second-hand stall because I thought a first-hand account of the Russian Revolution by a British diplomat would be interesting. It got off to an unpromising start, this is the first two paras:

In my stormy and chequered life Chance has played more than her fair part. The fault has been my own. Never at any time have I tried to be the complete master of my own fate. The strongest impulse of the moment has governed all my actions. When chance has rai
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Tony
Feb 18, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
MEMOIRS OF A BRITISH AGENT. (1932, 1974). R. H. Bruce Lockhart. ****.
When you see the word ‘agent’ in a title, if you are like me you immediately think of 007. Although there is some of that, that’s not what this agent was all about. Lockhart was, ultimately, one of the chief officers at England’s embassy during the period of WW I, and, incidentally, the Bolshevik revolution. His memoirs reveal the inner workings of the Anglo-Russian alliance during their war against the Germans. Lockhart manage
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Max Nemtsov
Aug 29, 2015 Max Nemtsov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Книжка 1937 года издания была некогда подрезана в библиотеке для пассажиров т/х «Александр Пушкин» (там она была ни к чему), и вот сейчас настал момент ее наконец прочесть. Самое время. Читается она безотрывно — как роман-пикареск и роман взросления шотландского обалдуя, оказавшегося в самой гуще истории (недаром часть про собственно взаимодействие Локхарта с большевиками называется «История изнутри»), написана восхитительно — с этими вот чарующими британскими маннеризмами сенсационной прозы ...more
Relstuart
I read the Folio Society edition printed in 2003 with the introduction and final chapter by the author's son.

Imagine running the British consulate in St Petersburg and then in Moscow during the time leading up to and during the communist take over. And during the surrender to Germany taking Russia out of WWI. Lockheart did just that while he was in his late 20s and early 30s. Fascinating tale and amazing how botched some of the allies efforts were to make things better in Russia. At the same ti
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Colin
Apr 19, 2015 Colin rated it it was amazing
Clear and beautifully written account from a privileged perspective. Sympathetic to the difficulties and struggles of all sides.
Kathy Davie
Provided a different perspective on Russia from/with Anne Applebaum's Gualg: A History.
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