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Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit… (2016)

by Ben Macintyre

Other authors: John Slim (Foreword)

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Usually like the author. Book was ok. Some engaging stories. Lots of stuff I didnt know. Just never grabbed me ( )
  bermandog | Oct 16, 2018 |
I read this for a book club discussion. There were certainly some interesting bits: the role of luck in warfare, leadership styles, dueling Shakespearean quotes, but for the most part, it bored me. It was like watching an action movie, and I don't like action movies. It's true that these were brave men, pioneering a new form of warfare. And I value the capturing of stories from our veterans. But a magazine article would have been enough for me, personally. ( )
  LynnB | Feb 6, 2018 |
Ben Macintyre covers the interesting history of the Special Air Service, which functioned as a behind the enemy lines disrupter during WWII. Interesting story, but unlike his other books I have read, it is less focussed, probably because the SAS became increasingly more active, with many more troops attached to it. It would be a difficult task to wrap all that happened into this book. ( )
  addunn3 | Dec 19, 2017 |
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This was an excellent book on the beginnings of the S.A.S. Reads like a novel. ( )
  Karndog | Aug 8, 2017 |
Birthday present from Andy. ( )
  adrianburke | Jul 11, 2017 |
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The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue
 
Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow.
 
Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.

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Britain's Special Air Service--or SAS--was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat with a remarkable strategic mind. Where his colleagues looked at a map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind Nazi lines and sabotage their airplanes and supplies. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS's remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.--Adapted from dust jacket and publisher description.… (more)

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