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Summary

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 four 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.

©2018 Ant Middleton (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The best book of the year. First Man In will supercharge your life. Incredible." (Tom Marcus, author of best seller Soldier Spy)

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Not what I expected at all

I expected a biography about his SAS career but got an incredible lesson on leadership, life and mental attitude. Absolutely brilliant, highly recommended. I hope he does more I think we can all learn a lot from Ant.

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Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

really enjoyed it, especially having Ant reading it. It made the whole experience more real. some great life lessons.

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WOW

This really is a must listen, i had goosebumps in the first 5 mins of listening until the end. Simply Amazing

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First Man In

Really enjoyed this book. Honest and brutal. Was great to be read by the man himself.

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Money money money

I’m sure he’ll make a lot of money out of this and his motivational talks etc but it was repetitive and fairly boring!

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great book, very honest and open

Loved this book, just couldn't stop listening. Some great lessons from Ant, not just in leadership but taking control of your own life and owning your actions. 10/10

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Top Draw

Fantastic, honest insight to Anthony Middleton's life - highly recommended.

Inspiring leadership insights at the end of each chapter - straight up truth.

Well done. Every success deserved.


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  • ben
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brilliant.

it's more than just a story. it's more than just a guide. it's more than words to inspire or challenge your way of thinking. it's not a blueprint to success nor is it the opposite. it's what can be done. how it can be done. and most importantly why it can be done.

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Compelling read from an inspirational individual!

A fantastic and compelling read from an inspirational individual! Great tales and a true insight.

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Brilliant

Great story well done really enjoyed this some great points made on how to work under pressure !