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

11 CDs. 13 hrs. Books on Tape. Oct. 2016. ISBN 9780735288119. $40. digital download. HIST
The SAS (Special Air Service) is an elite special operations combat unit with humble beginnings during World War II when the war was not going well for the Allies. Enter David Stirling, a British aristocrat with some outlandish ideas. He conceives the notion of parachuting soldiers behind the lines to sabotage and frustrate the enemy. Macintyre (Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal) traces the fantastic successes and painful failures of what was, at the time, a radical idea. The individual men who were crazy enough to sign up for these extremely dangerous missions were a motley crew of daredevils, patriots, and pirates. The cauldron of World War II transformed them into a lethal force and vindicated Stirling's original insight into the changing nature of combat. Macintyre has written a startling account of the formation of a new type of soldier, and the author's excellent reading of the work vividly draws out the unique personalities of the first SAS soldiers.
VERDICT A memorable contribution to our understanding of this pivotal moment in military history. ["Highly recommended for students of military history and readers interested in a different perspective of World War II": LJ 9/1/16 starred review of the Crown hc.]

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