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SAS: Rogue Heroes

The Authorised Wartime History
Written by: Ben Macintyre
Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, Military

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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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  • Per-Kristian Nyborg
  • 26-07-19

A must!

Any Slight interest in ww2? Then this book is a must read! As simple as that

Just wow!

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  • Renee
  • 08-11-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-17

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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  • matt
  • 20-11-17

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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  • Cian
  • 24-05-19

Brilliant account

Have watched documentaries on the SAS so knew a lot of the history but this is a brilliant account and the audiobook was read superbly. Quality.

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  • John
  • 11-08-18

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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  • M
  • 22-10-19

A Compelling Book

Superb insight into the formation and work of the SAS during WWII and to learn of their incredibly bravery. An addictive listen!

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  • John P. Allum
  • 31-05-20

A real eye opener.

I wish I knew how I felt about this. The story is brilliantly told, honestly written and seemly without promoting or condemning actions. Part of me is saying that some actions were wrong, whilst at the same time I am so grateful that there are people like this who keep me safe. It is a necessary read not necessarily an enjoyable one.

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  • john
  • 04-04-20

An Absolute Gem

An amazing story, wonderfully told and ably narrated. Books such as this one leave you with a profound sense of regret when they end, and I will struggle to find a new book that will garner my rapt attention in the way this one has done

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  • John Corcoran
  • 07-03-20

Daring Brave MEN

The author is the narrator here, excellent. Thoughtful and refreshingly immune to "wokeness" , highly recommended.

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  • Michael
  • 29-01-20

Brilliant

A brilliant book, well written and exactly narrated. My only criticism is it was not long enough.

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  • brian
  • 25-01-20

First class

This is absolutely a brilliant read for those of you who not served this book will not only keep you awake but will give you a good insight as to how and when the SAS were formerd in the second world war being in the military my self and already clued up I still foond it good reading well done Ben Macintyre
Brian ex Royal enginers
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  • Rhys
  • 13-08-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-17

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-19

very disappointed

I was looking forward to this but it's disappointing and I usually love the authors work!