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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ben Macintyre

Narrated By: Ben Macintyre

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2016

Duration: 13 hours 1 minutes


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.


  • Lee W

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

  • Allen Scott Y

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

  • 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.