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  • Published: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241186862
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Sas

Rogue Heroes – The Authorized Wartime History




The SAS has finally decided to tell its astonishing story. It has opened its secret archives for the first time, granting historian Ben Macintyre full access to a treasure trove of unseen reports, memos, diaries, letters, maps and photographs, as well as free rein to interview surviving Originals and those who knew them.

From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS
'Impeccably researched, superbly told - by far the best book on the SAS in World War II' - Antony Beevor
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.
Now, 75 years later, the SAS has finally decided to tell its astonishing story. It has opened its secret archives for the first time, granting historian Ben Macintyre full access to a treasure trove of unseen reports, memos, diaries, letters, maps and photographs, as well as free rein to interview surviving Originals and those who knew them.
The result is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to take monumental risks. It is a story about the meaning of courage.

  • Pub date: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241186862
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for Sas

“Impeccably researched, superbly told - by far the best book on the SAS in World War II”

Antony Beevor

“Reads like a mashup of The Dirty Dozen and The Great Escape, with a sprinkling of Ocean's 11 thrown in for good measure. Macintyre is masterly in using details to illustrate his heroes' bravery, élan and dogged perseverance. A gripping account”

New York Times

“A superb study of wartime daring. A compelling tale full of jeopardy: bone-shattering parachute drops, terrifying night-time raids on Nazi airfields, fizzing explosive fuses, near escapes in screaming jeeps, harrowing marches through deserts, frozen forest encounters with desperate Germans and mad, edgy drinking bouts that could end with grenades being flourished”

Daily Telegraph

“Told with brilliance. The SAS are still about the best of their kind, and how they began to achieve this is an exotic saga indeed. No one will ever tell it better than this”

Evening Standard


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