Ben Macintyre’s suspenseful new book, “Rogue Heroes,” about the founding of Britain’s S.A.S. during World War II, reads like a mashup of “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Great Escape,” with a sprinkling of “Ocean’s 11” thrown in for good measure. Like earlier Macintyre books set during that war (“Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies” and “Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory”), this volume features an ensemble of eccentrics, mavericks and malcontents. And, in this case, one visionary, David Stirling, who invented an elite commando unit that would become the prototype for a new kind of modern warfare, and the model for special forces around the world, including the Navy SEALs and the Army’s Delta Force.
The Brit Rogue Heroes of World War Two
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Toril · 4 years ago
Just finished reading it, another excellent book by McIntyre and a good jumping off point I think to start reading more about the SAS in WWII.
Susan H · 4 years ago
Magnificent men, all.
Micky M · 4 years ago
Another book on my books to read list.
Jerry Sullivan · 4 years ago
Damn fine stuff there!! These "Desert Rats" were among my post WWII heroes as a child and they certainly deserve all the acknowledgement to be found! NO ROOM for such mavericks and free thinkers in today's PC military..what a shame!! Thanks for the flashback Mr Murphy!! The WWII generation gave us an incredible opportunity to live free and grow our republic... I'm happy to have been around for it! Looks like FUBAR from here on out......
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