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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 imaginative, radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would wreak havoc behind enemy lines.

Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS.

The history of the SAS is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men willing to take monumental risks. It is a story of the meaning of courage.

©2016 Ben Macintyre (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • Renee
  • Klosters, Switzerland
  • 11-08-16

McIntyre narration and great narrator.

I am fascinated by The men who made a difference and won the War.
And these Roque heroes are real characters.
I have read all of Ben McIntyre's books.
This one is unique!

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  • matt
  • 11-20-17

What a read

This is the story of, in my opinion, true heros, what these young lads went through was incomprehensible and very brave! Some say David Beckham is a hero for scoring a goal........

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-17

Brilliantly executed book.

This is the most comprehensive and detailed account of the SAS that I have ever read, or indeed listened to.
From the initial idea that formed in Sir David Sterlings mind through to the temporary disbandment of Special Forces at the end of WWII. Ben Macintyre explores and makes a bloody good job of defining the main characters and his research to put this much detail into the the events chronicled is astonishing.
This book, for me, is a testament to the bravery, and daring of the first men who understood their Regimental motto. But beyond that, it also tells of the foolhardy and sometimes downright idiotic exploits of those same men.
To a man they were all heroes, but the man who stood quite literally head and shoulders above all, Lt Col Robert Blair "Paddy"Mayne.
This is bloody good listen and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy listening to the extraordinary exploits of of extraordinary people in our history.

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  • Mr F.
  • 01-25-17

Exceptional insight. Rather monotone.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book is a true to life account of the story of the regiment. A brutal history. The attention to detail shown is perfect. Not too much war jargon etc.

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The only negative I have is the monotone way in which it was read. Little to no life was brought to the fore. I appreciate this is, in essence, snippets from the archives and diaries etc But I found it droning from time to time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-17

Amazing

Amazing just amazing he who dares definitely wins in the end very good book highly recommended

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  • 12-03-17

Highly entertaining and informative

Very interesting content. Even though the book contained a great wealth of information and detail, it's a shame it didn't contain more! Once you've started listening you'll definitely want to hear about every single minute of the SAS's actions in WWII.

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  • 11-27-17

Amazing.

One of the best books I've listened too on here, over the past few years. I can not begin to recomend this book highly enough. Funny, exciting, heart warming, informative and an absolutely brilliant listen. Well done the auther, and well done to those brave men, who were involved in these, sometimes unbelievable, tales.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-17

Great stories from a different age

Gripping stories reminding you of the best and worst of humanity that need to be retold. A call to find more adventure in my own life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-18-17

Absolutely Brilliant

A really great recounting of the creation and WW2 history of ordinary men doing extra ordinary things.

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  • PJ
  • 11-15-17

Excellent book, well narrated

Excellent and interesting account of SAS role during WWII. Well narrated by the author Ben MacIntyre.

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  • mr d
  • 10-19-17

wonderful

One of the best books ever written about world war 2. Mcintyre is a superb narrator as well as author. Quite simply an essential purchase if you are interested in the sas and it's exceptional band of men.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-17

Extremely well written and fantastic narration.

A thoroughly enjoyable book despite the difficult subject matter at times. A good dose of humour throughout and an amazing tale of courage, heroism and mateship.