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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
By (author): Ben Macintyre
9780771060328 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / World War II May 30, 2017
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.16 x 7.97 x 1.1 in 400 pages McClelland & Stewart Signal
The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends—the untold story of one of WWII’s most important secret military units.

Ben Macintyre’s latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War II—Britain’s Special Air Service, or the SAS. Facing long odds and a tough slog against Rommel and the German tanks in the Middle East theatre, Britain turned to the brainchild of one its most unlikely heroes—David Stirling, a young man whose aimlessness and almost practiced ennui belied a remarkable mind for strategy. With the help of his equally unusual colleague, the rough-and-tumble Jock Lewes, Stirling sought to assemble a crack team of highly trained men who would parachute in behind enemy lines to throw monkey wrenches into the German war machine. Though he faced stiff resistance from those who believed such activities violated the classic rules of war, Stirling persevered and in the process created a legacy. Staffed by brilliant, idiosyncratic men whose talents defied both tradition and expectations, the SAS would not only change the course of the war, but the very nature of combat itself.

Written with complete access to the never-before-seen SAS archives (who chose Macintyre as their official historian), Rogue Heroes offers a powerfully intimate look at life on the battlefield as lived by a group of remarkable soldiers whose contributions have, until now, gone unrecognized beyond the classified world. Filled with wrenching set pieces and weaving its way through multiple theatres of our grandest and most terrible war, this book is both an excellent addition to the Macintyre library and a critical piece in our understanding of the war’s unfolding.

BESTSELLING AUTHOR: The hardcover of Rogue Heroes was a national bestseller. A Spy Among Friends was a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Spy Book of 2014.

TIMING: The paperback is being published in time for Father’s Day.

BREAKOUT IN CANADA: Formally only distributed in Canada, A Spy Among Friends was Macintyre’s first Canada-published book which sold nearly 20,000 copies. Rogue Heroes is the first in a two-book deal, the second being a 1970s espionage story.

NOT A TYPICAL MACINTYRE BOOK: Ben brings his keen psychological perceptions and storytelling instincts to the battlefield. Rogue Heroes sees Ben writing in the classic war-story tradition.

NEVER BEFORE TOLD: The SAS archives have been unseen and gathering dust for years, but Ben is their official historian. This is not just a tremendous story but a crucial untold chapter of the Allied war effort and an important piece of 20th century history.

NEW & WIDER READERSHIP: This book introduces Ben to a wider military history audience along with his usual, espionage fanbase. Lionsgate (UK) optioned the TV rights to A Spy Among Friends; Oscar-nominated screenwriter Bill Broyles (Flags of Our Fathers, Jarhead, Apollo 13) is set to write the adaptation.

BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, and Agent Zigzag, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Kate Muir, and their three children.

Author Residence: London, England

Author Social Media: @BenMacintyre1

Praise for Rogue Heroes:

“A master storyteller…one of the most unforgettable tales of World War II…. A thrilling saga, breathtakingly told, full of daring and heroes.”—Boston Globe

“Mr. Macintyre is masterly in using details to illustrate his heroes’ bravery, élan, and dogged perseverance. He makes us feel the ”constructive brutality“ of the training that recruits endured—marching up to one hundred miles through the desert, carrying a full load of equipment and prohibited from taking a drink of water until the trek’s end.”—New York Times

Rogue Heroes is a great read of wartime adventuring, in a long, grim war of attrition where adventure was hard to find.”—The Guardian

“Macintyre demonstrates superb skill as a journalist and a writer in this riveting book that takes readers into a long-past and still-frightening world of what real war was like.”—Washington Times

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