Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

Written by:
Ben Macintyre
Narrated by:
Ben Macintyre

Unabridged Audiobook

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29
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12
Release Date
October 2016
Duration
13 hours 1 minute
Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incredible untold story of World War II’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by the modern master of wartime intrigue—now a limited series on Epix!

“Reads like a mashup of The Dirty Dozen and The Great Escape, with a sprinkling of Ocean’s 11 thrown in for good measure.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • “Rogue Heroes is a ripping good read.”—Washington Post (10 Best Books of the Year)
 
Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young aristocrat whose aimlessness belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a World War II battlefield map and saw a protracted struggle, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite men, he could parachute behind Nazi lines and sabotage their airplanes and supplies. Defying his superiors’ conventional wisdom, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself.
 
Bringing his keen eye for detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to the SAS archives to shine a light on a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy.
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Scott Ratzer

Incredibly thorough and insightful view into the inner-workings of the British SAS, from origin through multiple campaigns across North Africa and Europe in WWII. Macintyre does a remarkable job detailing the exploits, and personalities, of the Soldiers and Officers that forged the SAS. This book really pulls together the demand for, and evolution of, the British Special Air Services. Truly one of the most interesting books I have ever read cover to cover. Highly recommend for any military history buffs, or anyone just looking for a great story.

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Jaime Vega

What an incredible story of daring missions, people who risked it all for strategic opportunities to get behind enemy lines and make thir mark on the war. You can't but feel for the characters, what they lived and saw day to day . Can't recommend this book enough!

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Maynard B.

Well done in all areas.

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Jeramy Q.

Fantastically written and read.

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Lee W

Very interesting - lots of facts I was totally unaware of. This book is an 'Absolute Must' for all history enthusiasts.

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Allen Scott Y

Very interesting. Didn't want to stop listening and didn't want it to end.

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