SETTING THE EAST ABLAZE
Lenin’s Dream of an Empire in Asia

PETER HOPKIRK
272pp ILLUS 2006 LIST PRICE: £10.99 (P) HB33

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'Let us turn our faces towards Asia', exhorted Lenin when the long-awaited revolution in Europe failed to materialise. 'The East will help us conquer the West.' Hopkirk's book tells the story of the Bolshevik attempt to set the East ablaze with the heady new gospel of Leninism. The dream was to liberate the whole of Asia, but the starting point was British India and a shadowy undeclared war followed. Among the players in this new Great Game were British spies, Communist revolutionaries, Muslim visionaries and Chinese warlords -- as well as a White Russian baron who roasted his Bolshevik captives alive. Here is an extraordinary tale of intrigue and treachery, barbarism and civil war.
A classic example of truth outpacing fiction. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT