First Man In - Ant Middleton

First Man In

By Ant Middleton

  • Release Date: 2018-05-31
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 723 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

‘The best book of the year. First Man In will supercharge your life. Incredible.’ Tom Marcus, author of bestseller Soldier Spy

About the author

Ant Middleton is the front man for Channel 4’s hit show, SAS: Who Dares Wins. Born in Portsmouth and raised in rural France, Ant set his sights on a career in the armed forces and didn’t stop striving until he achieved his goal. Over the course of his career he has served in the Special Boat Service, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces.

Reviews

  • Decent but not great

    3
    By Euanbegbie
    A pretty decent read but it's really more of a self help/life lesson book than any kind of action/SAS thriller. Ant is very likeable and I'd love to hear more from the operational side of things.
  • Great book

    5
    By dcn666
    Great book .id of liked more on the sas mission s but none the less a great read and very focused man ..most of the time ..
  • First Man In

    5
    By Trackertim
    Having watched the odd episode of SAS I thinking this might be another Andy McNab type journal, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this book had real depth and feeling about all that Anthony has experienced. Don’t get me wrong I do like reading some of the modern war books, but this has a lot more to give. Good luck with the future and hope we get to see a follow up book sometime and see you on TV a bit more. Cheers Tim
  • First man in

    2
    By anactualsoldier
    A bit disappointing to be honest. Interesting life story and obviously a very capable, driven soldier/marine but had to start to skip through the lessons learned/summaries between chapters. There are only so many metaphors a man can dish out before becoming boring and seemingly self righteous (especially the final chapter). Not really a biographical book if that’s what you’re after. More of a metaphor encyclopaedia.
  • Gripping and learning lessons embedded

    5
    By ZukkyOfTheBaig
    A strong, forceful and honest account of Ant’s life and challenges grips you into questioning the way you lead in your own life. He’s truly an inspirational character, that is honest about his flaws throughout his life. I was waiting impatiently each night to open this book and start reading and I couldn’t let go of it. He doesn’t add any ‘maximisers’ in his writing, no exaggeration, just blunt, respectful truth, which lead him to being the person he is today. I am truly impressed with this book and the life-lessons it has taught me and I foresee myself returning to this book another time for now.
  • First Man In

    5
    By W3llard1cus
    Ant Middleton writes well with what appears to be genuine brutal honesty. His positivity and honesty shine through and make you realise: a) everyone is more physically capable than they think. b) a weak mental attitude ultimately is self destructive. If you life depends on something you DONT lie down c) giving selfless support to others in the right way bolsters your own pathway. d) no man is an island. Well done Ant, an inspirational read. Jez Pollard
  • First Man In... Excellent

    5
    By DougieG10
    Inspiring and motivational. Brutally honest accounts of life experiences . I cannot rate this book highly enough and recommend it to anyone who wonders what the experiences of a man whose gone to hell and back and come out the other side shining ,may entail. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you do too...
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    3
    By Marty3599
    I could hardly finish it, not an indicator of my ability to “get the job done” merely how boring this book was. The standard childhood beginning dispersed with the odd fragment of Army life. While I’m sure this book was not intended to follow the SAS/SBS action “pull up a sandbag” kind of book, it could go some way to keep me interested.
  • First Man In

    4
    By Ringo)
    Very honest and a great read. Leaves the reader with plenty to think about!
  • Top bloke

    5
    By Jessica plays games
    An honest account of life experiences. Strange how you can relate to his experiences.