I like Ben Macintyre’s books. He writes non-fiction with the flair of a spy novelist. In Rogue Heroes, he writes of the formation of the SAS, the granddaddy of all special warfare groups. Mr. Macintyre had unprecedented access to the SAS’ own files and writes a compelling story of the men who flew in the face of convention and danger to forever change modern warfare.
It used to be considered in bad taste to do the types of things the SAS men were recruited to do. Sabotage, etc. was considered wrong. You fought facing one another and picking each other off until the last man standing was declared the winner. The British knew in World War II they did not have the men or resources to fight Hitler like that. So they tried something new. They recruited men who were rebels, who thought outside the box. And they were encouraged to do so.
The SAS was the foot print for President Kennedy when he created the Green Berets. The SAS has fought all over the world and changed the face of modern warfare. I will save the individual stories in the book for Mr. Macintyre to tell as he tells them so well. If you are interested in history and warfare, you will not be disappointed by this book.
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