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- DescriptionThe 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 t just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced 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 t just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.
- Author BiographyBEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, and Agent Zigzag, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children. The author lives in London, England. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author(s)Ben Macintyre
- PublisherRandom House Audio Publishing Group
- Date of Publication04/10/2016
- SubjectMilitary History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Audio Publishing Group
- Weight272 g
- Width127 mm
- Height150 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Read byBen Macintyre
- Contained items statement11 Audio CDs
- Format DetailsCD standard audio format
- Running Time780
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