During the spring and summer of 1918, with World War I still undecided, British, French and American agents in Russia developed a breathtakingly audacious plan. Led by Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart, a dashing, cynical, urbane 30-year-old Scot, they conspired to overthrow Lenin’s newly established Bolshevik regime, and to install one that would continue the war against Germany on the Eastern Front. But the Cheka had penetrated their organization and pounced. The Lockhart Plot was a turning point in world history, except it failed to turn.
Jonathan Schneer is Professor Emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his doctorate from Columbia University and taught at Yale University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The recipient of numerous academic fellowships and awards, he has written seven previous books including The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of Arab-Israeli Conflict, (2010), which won a National Jewish Book Award.