Fitzroy Maclean was one of the great characters of the 20th century. He was a junior diplomat in Moscow in the late 30s and then went on to join the SAS. During the war he kidnapped a Persian general who had collaborated with the Nazis. He was also a friend of Ian Fleming and partly an inspiration for the James Bond character. It’s a very carefully worded account of life in the Soviet Union, in those early days after the revolution, one of the first exposés of that system.