Rogue Heroes

  • by Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by Ben Macintyre
  • 13 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 matériel.
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' remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in 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.

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The SAS: How Special Ops Got Started

What made the experience of listening to Rogue Heroes the most enjoyable?

Descriptions of the hit and run attacks.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The primogenitor of the organization. What gumption.


What does Ben Macintyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Interesting inflection, pleasant rhythm, accent perfect for the material. Volume could be louder.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The grace with with which captured SAS members accepted their executions.


Any additional comments?

Excellent companion to Ungentlemanly Warriors, which is excellent, better than this very good one.

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- William R. Toddmancillas

Truth is stranger than fiction

If this had been a novel or screenplay, I wouldn't have found it very believable. The characters are fascinating and the events are incredible. The novel is written for laypeople, but would probably be a good starting place for military history nerds who are interested in special forces.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio