Mannerheim: President, Soldier, Spy Jonathan Clements Mannerheim President Soldier Spy Baron Gustaf Mannerheim was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century and the only man to be decorated by both sides in both World Wars As a Finnish officer in Russian service he witnesse
  • Title: Mannerheim: President, Soldier, Spy
  • Author: Jonathan Clements
  • ISBN: 9781906598266
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
Mannerheim: President, Soldier, Spy Jonathan ClementsBaron Gustaf Mannerheim was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, and the only man to be decorated by both sides in both World Wars As a Finnish officer in Russian service, he witnessed the coronation of the last Tsar, and was both reprimanded for foolhardiness and decorated for bravery in the Russo Japanese War He spent two years undercover in Asia as anBaron Gustaf Mannerheim was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, and the only man to be decorated by both sides in both World Wars As a Finnish officer in Russian service, he witnessed the coronation of the last Tsar, and was both reprimanded for foolhardiness and decorated for bravery in the Russo Japanese War He spent two years undercover in Asia as an agent in the Great Game , posing as a Swedish anthropologist He crossed China on horseback, stopping en route to teach the 13th Dalai Lama how to shoot with a pistol, and spying on the Japanese navy on his way home He escaped the Bolsheviks by the skin of his teeth in 1917, arriving in the newly independent Finland just in time to lead the anti Bolshevik forces in the local revolt and civil war During Finland s darkest hour, he lead the defence of his country against the impossible odds of the Winter War This major new life of Gustaf Mannerheim, the first to be published for over a decade, includes new historical material on Mannerheim s time in China.
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  1. Haarav levaade soome marssal Mannerheimist, h sti kirjutatud ja kergelt loetav, samas pakutav sisu on rmiselt hariv ja tegemist on kindlasti p neva lugemisega igale ajaloohuvilisele Antud juhul on tegemist biograafiaga, nii et Talves ja s vaanal si v i Mannerheimi otsuste j rkj rgulist lahkamist siit otsida ei maksa, igupoolest moodustab Talve ja J tkus ja periood raamatust vaid viimased ca 20 30 lehek lge See eest on p hjalikult k sitletud Mannerheimi teenistust Vene tsaari ratsav es ja hiljem [...]

  2. 4 5Thoroughly enjoyable read.I d call this biography a fantastic way of introducing oneself to the subject of Mannerheim, the man, the politician, the war leader traveller It doesn t delve into lots of details about the recent controversies about his life Indeed the author barely mentions doesn t deign to address recent scholarly works promoting the hypothesis that he was gay Maybe this is suggestive of the authors own views on such modern hypotheses, but an outright discussion and or rejection [...]

  3. I would joke with my friend back home in India that one day I would be the Finnish President While practicing Finnish I would explain to my friend the numerous oddities in the Finnish language, and the joke was born out of the language learning difficulties Surely, a Finnish president would be expected to know his Finnish inside out and I was quite sure that it would take me a lifetime of learning to get the hang of the language, making it well nigh impossible to contest for the president s post [...]

  4. A comprehensive introduction to who Gustaf Mannerheim was It is written in a lucid and concise style while covering the whole life of him Some other biographies are focused on certain aspects of him as either a commander or an explorer in Central Asia This book provides general biographical facts on him Good stuff to read through for my first trip to Finland this year that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence.

  5. Holiday Read 2 This bloke is truly fascinating He started out as a Russian cavalry officer fighting the Japanese in Manchuria and stayed on in Asia as a Russian agent in the great game He was a general in the first world war and narrowly escaped a lynch mob in the revolution He then served as head of the armed forces during newly independent Finland s asymmetrical war of survival against Stalin s Russia and to the horror of the allies fought alongside Hitler in operation Barbarossa to secure the [...]

  6. An easily read introduction to the life of the Marshal, but at the same time just capable of providing an outline of a very adventurous life stretching from before the Russo Japanese War in 1904 05 through the epic trek ride across Asia to the challenges of being af Russian commander on the Eastern Front of WW1 before returning after nearly 30 years to the Finland of his birth And there to be raised to the leadership in the bloody civil war of 1919 before eventually emerging as national hero and [...]

  7. Teos kuvailee hyvinkin yksityiskohtaisesti Mannerheimin el m ihmisen , enemm n kuin sotilaana Parasta antia on se, miten monista ongelmista huolimatta h n teki loistavan uran, erityisesti Suomessa vuonna 1918 ja jo i kk n vuosina 1939 40 ja 1941 45 Huolimatta v ist m tt m st kumppanuudesta Saksan kanssa, h nen vastenmielisyytens Hitleri kohtaa tulee selv sti esille H nen toimintaansa Ven j n Japanin sodan sek punakapinan aikana kuvataan melko tarkasti, mutta h nen strategista ajatteluaan talvi j [...]

  8. A very clear and concise biography on a most amazing man Mannerheim lived a life that you would have thought came out of a Clive Cussler novel As such the adventures and achievements of Mannerheim makes this biography interesting, relatively short when considering all what he did and written for non academics It is not a dry read and provides lots of additional reading references if you want to delve further Thoroughly enjoyable and a good way to understand Finland s history plus some of Russia, [...]

  9. An excellent biography of the most admired Finn as voted by the Finnish , in all his faults and glory In sections it reads very well, and at moments it is difficult to put aside Perhaps narrative would be appreciated on further coverage of Mannerheim s WWI and WWII experiences This biography spends effort on Mannherheim s Asian journey as a spy which is still fascinating, nonetheless.

  10. The author spends perhaps too much time on Mannerheim s adventures in Asia In the process, Mannerheim s influence on Finland seems to get short shrift What Mannerheim accomplished in the Winter War, after all, is far important than anything he did in Asia.

  11. What an amazing life Thank you Jonathan Clements for drawing my attention to this man for whom I hardly had an awareness of his existence Well written, engaging book that spans a fascinating period of history Definitely worth a read.

  12. This biography isn t an exhaustive study of the most famous Finn or maybe second to Sibelius but why quibble but it s an engaging and well crafted read More at cloquetriverpress.Peace.Mark

  13. Fascinating man and a well written account Main negative was i found they focused too much on his Asia trips and too little on his Finnish achievements.

  14. A complex manThis review is from Mannerheim President, Soldier, Spy Kindle Edition This and the abridged translations of J.E.O Screen s mult volume work are the best English language biographies of the Marshal which I have read Clements writes of Mannerheim the man, not just the one dimensional, larger than life hero and legend The work is both scholarly and easy to read There is information on Mannerheim s mission to Asia on behalf of Imperial Russia than in any other easily accessible English [...]

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