SAS: Rogue Heroes (Paperback)Ben Macintyre (author)
Recounted with Macintyre's characteristic mix of pacey storytelling and rigorous research, the compelling tale of the birth of the SAS in the heat of desert warfare is an unputdownable slice of military history.
From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS.
In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, came up with a plan that was radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would inflict mayhem behind enemy lines. Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS. Now, 75 years later, the SAS has finally decided to tell its astonishing story.
It has opened its secret archives for the first time, granting historian Ben Macintyre full access to a treasure trove of unseen reports, memos, diaries, letters, maps and photographs, as well as free rein to interview surviving Originals and those who knew them. The result is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to take monumental risks. It is a story about the meaning of courage.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
'This book has many strengths but perhaps its greatest is how thought-provoking it is' - Laurence Rees, Sunday Times
'Macintyre provides a riveting history of a revolutionary fighting force... a ripping good read' - Washington Post
'The sharp style and sly wit reveal some pretty acute insights into the politics of the nation's favourite undercover boys' - Evening Standard
'So good and so much more than the boys own adventure you might think it will read like. Ben is a brilliant writer' - Dermot O'Leary
'Impeccably researched, superbly told - by far the best book on the SAS in World War II' - Antony Beevor
'Brings his familiar mix of thrilling anecdotes, meticulous accuracy and bizarre humour.' - The Observer
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