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SAS: Rogue Heroes

The Authorised Wartime History
Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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To those that came before us!

Incredible account of the origins of the commonwealth’s best and most daring soldiers! Lest we forget!

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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.

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  • Renee
  • 08-11-2016

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-2017

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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  • matt
  • 20-11-2017

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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  • John
  • 11-08-2018

Well written and well read.

This is a great book about the birth of the SAS, many have tried but failed, however this book is one of the few to put into words the true understanding of the men's story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-2019

Total respect to these Hero's

Brilliant book How the brave men who came home suffered, how they managed after seeing everything in this book and more they are true hero's. We will remember them.

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  • Robert Kerr
  • 04-01-2019

the perfect listen

utterly gripping, fantastic pace, balanced and insightful. A must read for those with even a passing interest

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  • Gadgetfanatic
  • 14-12-2018

Another cracking book by Ben Macintyre

Yet another excellent book. Very well read as usual. More of the same please and soon.

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  • Daniel
  • 11-12-2018

Great author narrator telling an amazing story

Very relevant in some ways today. A story about how some maverick flawed characters bent the rules and flouted convention in service of their country.

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  • bunny001
  • 22-11-2018

Great writing

What a great book. Ben's narration is compelling and captivating. The history is incredible, amazing bravery, acts of seeming stupidity but key to our history.

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  • A. D. Jones
  • 20-11-2018

What a great listen. Loved it.

Great story, but truely well written and beautiful read. Cant recommend enough. Just wish it went on to modern times. Next to fins a book that does this.

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  • Thomas Stracey
  • 13-10-2018

purely fascinating story

brilliant...daring Do...compassionate and really well put together history of the was. well worth a read.