The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue
Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow.
Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.
I love history. It was my favorite subject in school(way back when!). I love to read about people’s experiences. Listening to stories my grandparents and great grandparents used to tell were always fascinating to me.
One of my favorite things though is getting different perspectives on history is well. Which is why I couldn’t wait to review Rogue Heroes. I remember celebrating Guy Fawkes day with a friend from England and thinking how much I still didn’t know about history.
Macintyre’s book was very well written with tons of details that I found intriguing. The book had engaging stories with first hand accounts that were nothing short of amazing. The SAS was truly an amazing unit of men.
I really liked at the end of the book there was a section about the “Afterlives” of the soldiers. Life went on after their experiences in the war and I loved how that was included.
I you have any interest in WWII then you should read this book.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101904186
- ISBN-13: 978-1101904183
I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.