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From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS. 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 radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would inflict mayhem behind enemy lines. Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS.
'Told with deceptive brilliance... one the finest books of its kind' Evening Standard
'Thorough and highly entertaining. It would be nigh on impossible to praise it too highly Daily Express Impeccably researched, superbly told - by far the best book on the SAS in World War II' -- Antony Beevor
'Excellent... accessible yet authoritative. Delivers stories of tremendous adventure and derring-do, but also offers more than straightforward military history. This book has many strengths but perhaps its greatest is how thought-provoking it is' -- Laurence Rees, Sunday Times
'Ben Macintyre's coverage of the SAS in north Africa and, later, Italy, France and Germany, is brilliant, blending gripping narratives of fighting with descriptions of the fears of individual soldiers before battle and their reactions to its horror... Britain's martial pantheon is full of outnumbered heroes who wouldn't throw in the sponge. Henry V's band of brothers at Agincourt, the redcoats at Waterloo, the defenders of Rorke's drift, and the paras who charged at Goose Green are part of the tradition that embraces the SAS. This book explains why' Times
'A master at setting the pulse racing, Macintyre relates stories of raw courage and daring by extraordinary men' -- Tony Rennell, Daily Mail
'Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining and often very moving' -- John le Carre on 'Agent Zigzag'
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publication date: 22/09/2016
|Publication date:||1st June 2017|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Second World War, Special & elite forces, War & defence operations,|
Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of eight previous books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no. 1 bestseller Operation Mincemeat. He lives in London with his wife and three children. Photo © Jerry BauerMore About Ben Macintyre