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First Man In

Leading from the Front
Narrated by: Ant Middleton
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life.

Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite, you need toughness, aggression, meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self-discipline - all traits that make for the best leaders.

After 13 years' service in the military, with four years as a Special Boat Service (SBS) sniper, Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel. He served in the SBS, the naval wing of the special forces, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s elite forces. As a point man in the SBS, Ant was always the first man through the door, the first man into the dark and the first man in harm’s way.

In this fascinating, exhilarating and revealing book, Ant speaks about the highs and gut-wrenching lows of his life - from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military - and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily lives.

©2018 Ant Middleton (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"The best book of the year. First Man In will supercharge your life. Incredible." (Tom Marcus, author of best seller Soldier Spy)

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Very good ready

First book I have finished in a long long time. Very good ready from a humble man. Great inspiration

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A great book on life.

Some fabulous life lessons and action. A must listen, easy to drop in and out of also.

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Outstanding

So many incredible stories about his life and helps to show a perspective on life that everyone can relate to and not just people from a military background.

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Recommended

Very well written book with great narration by the author. If you are into topics of toughening yourself up, military or personal development in general, you will enjoy it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-18

Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

really enjoyed it, especially having Ant reading it. It made the whole experience more real. some great life lessons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-18

Not what I expected at all

I expected a biography about his SAS career but got an incredible lesson on leadership, life and mental attitude. Absolutely brilliant, highly recommended. I hope he does more I think we can all learn a lot from Ant.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-04-18

Simply Brilliant!

Even if you have no interest in the army, SAS/SBS or the challenges of these companies, Ant Middletons book is a must read.
A well woven mix of humour, self help, self discovery and action, everyone can take something from it.
Now I have listened on audio book I will definitely be treating myself to the hardback copy.

A little warning; the language can be fruity, but it adds authenticity rather than detracts from the text.

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  • Dean Third
  • 08-07-18

A fantastic honest account

Great book and a great read with life lessons that everyone could do with learning from

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-18

Very good read<br />

enjoyed the book, decent fella. Great story and I like his mind set. recommend this to anyone who wants to be inspired to get up and do something with their life and take it to the max

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  • CARL
  • 08-04-18

Makes you look at yourself

This teaches you all the traits of becoming a good leader, this will work in any environment you chose to become a leader, this highlighted some of my weaknesses which i can now change.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-18

Inspiring

This autobiography doesn’t just let you an insight into someone else’s life, it gives you the mental tools to learn and better yourself and your life. After listening to this book I now have a completely new view on life and how I am going to live mine. The change it has had on me mentally is nothing but positive. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has hit a rough patch in life or even to anyone who wants to prepare for the future, that is what this book has done for me it has helped mentally prepare for future life and get what I can out of it.

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  • Andrea Davis
  • 09-10-18

Well told. When is the next book out?

This book left me wanting to hear more!
Liked the leadership lessons at the end of each chapter.
Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-18

Highly recommended

Great story, ups and down in his life. He's well spoken and I flew through it.

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  • Ben Aveling
  • 09-09-18

Unexpectedly amazing

This book really took me by surprise. Not that I wasn’t expecting a good listen, but it really captures the feel of what he went through.
It’s a good book to listen to for leadership skills but it’s just a brilliant listen and worth 6 odd hours of your time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-19

gripping!!

loved it. authentic, raw, honest
really great reading from Ant Middleton
thoroughly enjoyed his work

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  • Britpop
  • 08-01-19

Inspiring and confronting in equal measure

Finally a leadership book that delivers. I loved this tale of raw and uncompromising approaches to dealing with a number of frontiers. Fabulous, relevant and much needed guile and honesty in a world fast becoming soft.

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  • Matthew Scrafton
  • 07-25-19

Terrific read and insight.

This is up there with Goggins but for very different reasons. A brutally frank, honest yet humble account of leadership. Great read Ant!

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  • Chris Doyle
  • 06-14-19

Inspirational story. Thanks Ant.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. in fact I listened to it twice. Thanks heaps Ant. Definitely worth the read/listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-19

Fantastic, great leadership traits.

Fantastic first hand account of a interesting life and career. A definite listen to those wanting to extend thier qualities.

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  • Max
  • 05-17-19

What an extraordinary life!

It’s an incredible biography and a real account of a human beings will power. I really loved the how the story incorporates life lessons on leadership too! I was engaged throughout the book and even went as far as looking into joining the royal marine commando! And I’m an Australian so that says something. More-so, you give hope to those you haven’t always made the right decisions in life but who seek a second chance.

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  • Bradley
  • 03-11-19

Just epic

What a legend. Awesome book to listen to, the stories are captivating and the lessons are great reminders for other leaders out there. Would recommend to anyone interested in motivation and military topics. Cheers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-19

Inspirational Read

I came at this book thinking it was just an autobiography of an interesting person. It is that and much more, there are so many life lessons in here from Ant Middleton.
He doesn't shy away from telling the story of his life, the good and the bad. I found this very interesting and quite inspiring. He is an extreme character and you don't have to have had an interest in the military to appreciate this book. I found it to be one of those books that I devoured and was disappointed when it ended as I just wanted it to keep going.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-19

Engaging throughout

Excellent look into the life and mindset of an impressive person. Wish it was longer

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  • Stephen
  • 02-11-19

start to finish in one go.

Ant has a lot to teach, his journey and the lessons that he has garnered I genuinely believe can help guide anyone from all walks of life.