R.H. Bruce Lockhart. British Agent. Introduction. Table of Contents.
yet. The second half of Lockhart's book is surely one of the most thrilling things in all the war records.You feel that he exaggerates nothing, sentimentalizes over nothing, is not shocked, nor disgusted, norfrightened, nor exultant. A singularly passive young man, for it is as a very young man indeed that I stillthink of him, because, when I first knew him as Vice-Consul of Moscow, he looked like a first-termundergraduate who might get his place in the Freshman's trials at Rugby football.His swift, unexcited pen-pictures of all the figures that crowded that odd stage are surely veryremarkable. Peters, for instance, by now a quite legendary figure, or Lenin advancing to the front of aplatform at a revolutionary meeting, the Englishmen, Buchanan, Cromie, Knox, Hicks, and the others.And his own personal courage and common sense is everywhere present, reminding me here of thehumorous insouciance of Yeats-Brown in
But the great and final quality of this record is its honesty. Here, in this book, there are many of the mosthotly-debated events in history. I suppose that there is no European alive today who, in an officialposition, was able at first hand to watch so long a sequence of the Russian crises as Lockhart. And it isfortunate for us that he is, by nature, so honest a man. You can test it, if you like, by his extreme honestyabout himself. He conceals nothing; he is not concerned to conceal anything. He is really burning with apassion for the truth, and he sinks all personal prejudice in his love for it. When you consider, forinstance, the things that he must have suffered under the hands of the Bolshevik, Peters---notice howPeters showed him the horror of the Russian priest going out to be shot---the fairness of his portrait of that man is quite extraordinary. Especially I would like to draw the attention of readers to his words onpage 188 about our Ambassador, Sir George Buchanan, "that splendid old man," as he calls him. And hewas a splendid old man, afterwards traduced, now at last beginning to be vindicated.This is a fine graphic contribution to history---one of the most honest and vivid that we have had..
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