First Man In: Leading from the Front

First Man In: Leading from the Front


, 5-stars, audio, Nonfiction, Biography, Audiobook, War

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life.

Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite you need toughness, aggression, meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self-discipline, all traits that make for the best leaders.

After 13 years service in the military, with 4 years as a Special Boat Service (SBS) sniper, Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel. He served in the SBS, the naval wing of the special forces, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces. As a point man in the SBS, Ant was always the first man through the door, the first man into the dark, and the first man in harm’s way.

In this fascinating, exhilarating and revealing book, Ant speaks about the highs and gut-wrenching lows of his life – from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military – and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily lives.

Title:First Man In: Leading from the Front
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    First Man In: Leading from the Front Reviews

  • Lynette

    I have really enjoyed this book (listen) and it was easy to finish. Overall though I don’t really like him having listened to his account of his life, honest that it was, he’s actually a bit of a ...

  • Amy

    I'm not one for leaving reviews for anything, however with this book I just couldn't resist. Not only is this book one of those precious few that you can't put down until you've digested all of its co...

  • Sarah

    Well, this book wasn't really my cup of tea. Not because of the genre, which I generally find fascinating, but I found it to be a bit tedious; I didn't really care about him as a person (he seemed a b...

  • Pippa DaCosta

    Ant makes no apologies for who he is and if you've seen him on TV, he says often enough that it takes a special kind of person to excel in the SAS. The kind of person who is trained to plunge into ins...

  • Andy Allsopp

    If I had to sum up the entire book in one quote, it'd be the following:"People might think I’m an arrogant twat, but that doesn’t bother me because I’ve looked in the mirror and I know that I’...

  • Zoe Hall

    An absolutely fantastic read. After first seeing Ant on SAS: Who Dares Wins, I’ve been fascinated by his life. I recently saw Ant on his tour and think he’s an interesting and endearing speaker. T...

  • Stuart

    Really disappointing, l thought this might be a good read unfortunately not...

  • Heidi

    What a great insight in to the life of Ant Middleton and how he came to be the man he is, wow what a life he's led! By the end of it I wondered if there is anything this man isn't capable of?But the p...

  • Catherine

    The problem with leadership books based on experiences while kicking in Afghan doors, or smashing up squaddies and getting arrested, or re-enacting the mutiny on the bounty is that they're often quite...

  • Teena Evans

    This book was outstanding! I literally could not put it down. I was quite intrigued after watching Ant on various TV shows, as to the kind of man he is. The thing with TV is, you always wonder what is...