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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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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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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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Makes you look at yourself

This teaches you all the traits of becoming a good leader, this will work in any environment you chose to become a leader, this highlighted some of my weaknesses which i can now change.

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Simply Brilliant!

Even if you have no interest in the army, SAS/SBS or the challenges of these companies, Ant Middletons book is a must read.
A well woven mix of humour, self help, self discovery and action, everyone can take something from it.
Now I have listened on audio book I will definitely be treating myself to the hardback copy.

A little warning; the language can be fruity, but it adds authenticity rather than detracts from the text.

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A fantastic honest account

Great book and a great read with life lessons that everyone could do with learning from

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Very good read<br />

enjoyed the book, decent fella. Great story and I like his mind set. recommend this to anyone who wants to be inspired to get up and do something with their life and take it to the max

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You’ll not hear many battle stories here, however...

I bought this as I was keen to hear Some of Ants past and what events made him the man he is today.

As I’ve stated in the title, if you’re looking for tales of SBS battles and long range kills then this book is not for you. It has a few tales of training and his first insertion to Afghanistan but no real battles and, to his credit, he does say this at the beginning of the book.

This book is effectively Ant’s life lessons that he feels might help in applying to our own lives. Ant is a really likeable guide and narrates the book well.

At the end I did feel a little underwhelmed. That’s more than likely my own doing as I was expecting slightly more.

Jocko Willink has a book called EXTREME OWNERSHIP that I believe does a more thorough job of intertwining tales of battle, lessons learned and how they can be made applicable to our lives.

As a proud Brit, of my country, not always of our choices, I’m glad I bought the book and hear what it is like to make the sacrifice all the brave men and women make for our country. Without them you genuinely wonder where we would be, But I can’t help but feel that Ant is keeping tales of battle held back for future books, maybe nearer Christmas and when the publisher see’s that he has a tale to tell and an audience that wants to hear/read it.

A good listen overall.

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Inspiring

This autobiography doesn’t just let you an insight into someone else’s life, it gives you the mental tools to learn and better yourself and your life. After listening to this book I now have a completely new view on life and how I am going to live mine. The change it has had on me mentally is nothing but positive. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has hit a rough patch in life or even to anyone who wants to prepare for the future, that is what this book has done for me it has helped mentally prepare for future life and get what I can out of it.

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Lessons in life.

Great listen. Ant gives us an insight to leadership with the problems and dramas that come with that responsibility. He has the character and personality I strive to be. Thanks for sharing your experience and lessons learnt.

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Soul stirring

Absolutely brilliant

loved this book from start to end. full of humour,honesty and inspiration. best book I've finished for years.

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