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  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,019 ratings)

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First Man In

By: Ant Middleton
Narrated by: Ant Middleton
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Publisher's Summary

Number one Sunday Times best seller.

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

Critic Reviews

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

"[A] thumping best seller...searingly honest." (Sunday Times

"Superb, fist-biting fun." (GQ

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wow

having depression I feel in my head I am my own worst enemy, playing over silly feelings that I have failed when really I haven't tried. this book has legitimately helped me to stop and think a situation through and access options and perspectives I would never of given a second thought. it has made me think what my mind and body can actually do when in reality, compared to others I've done fuck all!!. thank you Ant for helping change my mindset even if that isn't the message you were trying to get across haha. but hey everyone is different and we all write our own story I guesse

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From one Soldier to another

I enjoyed this audio book, it took me back to my days at Gibraltar barracks with the engineers. Ants description of life and attitudes within the military are spot on. I joined in 1983 and would have gone 5/9 rather than 9 para but each to their own. It would have been fun to have joined Ant on his military career. Civilian Prison sounds shit but from experience the glasshouse was worst. Adventure is life.

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Don’t waste your time

A poor storyline with very basic literacy skills. I have listened to many of these types of books but this was very poor

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Awful, couldn't finish it

Probably a best seller because it was offered free. Terribly written, and performed. Really tried to finish it, but it felt like an uncomfortable, smarmy recount of countless success despite being a bully, and only superficial life lessons about how to be a better person.

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Brilliant!

I Really enjoyed this book, I had no idea of the journey Ant had been on prior to entering the public eye. would defiantly recommended this book to anyone.

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Captivating

This was brilliant, I loved how he was able to make connections between military life and normal life. I think the military aspect just made the lessons so much more interesting and significant. I love how he always came back to how they would appear in every day life. There is just so much for the readers to take away from it.

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a good listen

It would have been good to stick with his military service but I understand why. a good listen and motivational read. stand up and be you. thanks Ant.

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Truly outstanding book

Well worth listening to with great lessons to be learnt……I highly recommended this book :)

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The struggle is real

Ants challenges and fuck ups really helped me to reflect on my own issues which I’ve constantly been revisiting over and over again, it’s shown me there is a way out. Thanks Ant 👍

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Great book

Go out & live it. Re-read as often as necessary, especially the last chapter. Highly recommended.

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