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Great post. Thank you.

The episode you retell here reminds me of the adventurous life of Sikunder Burnes. Craig Murray has written an amazing biography of his life as an East-India Company explorer and espionage agent during the era of the Great Game. From the blurb:

This is an astonishing true tale of espionage, journeys in disguise, secret messages, double agents, assassinations and sexual intrigue. Alexander Burnes was one of the most accomplished spies Britain ever produced and the main antagonist of the Great Game as Britain strove with Russia for control of Central Asia and the routes to the Raj. There are many lessons for the present day in this tale of the folly of invading Afghanistan and Anglo-Russian tensions in the Caucasus. Murray's meticulous study has unearthed original manuscripts from Montrose to Mumbai to put together a detailed study of how British secret agents operated in India.


Thanks again.

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