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SAS Rogue Heroes: The Authorized Wartime History
By Ben Macintyre
'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. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military
organisation in the world: the SAS.
Now, 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
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.
Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including
Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a
columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the
newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly
presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.
‘Told with deceptive brilliance... one the finest books of its kind’ Evening
‘Thorough and highly entertaining. It would be nigh on impossible to praise
it too highly’ Daily Express