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Stand Up Straight

10 Life Lessons from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Narrated by: Paul Nanson, Theo Solomon
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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For Life's Everyday Battles - The first official self-improvement and leadership book from the world-leading Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Winston Churchill never surrendered. 

Prince Harry has fought for mental health around the world.

Tobias Ellwood risked his life to save others during the Westminster terrorist attack. 

Tim Peake became Britain's first astronaut on the International Space Station. 

Ed Withey even organised his wedding with military precision.

The one thing all of these individuals have in common? Their world-class Sandhurst training.

Stand Up Straight applies 10 simple but transformative lessons that every officer is taught during their time at the world-famous military academy. Modern and counterintuitive, with its lessons ranging from making your bed and ironing your shirt to achieving discipline, emotional intelligence, resilience and fast decision-making under pressure, the book draws on firsthand experiences from war as well as the leadership lessons taught at Sandhurst.

The result is a groundbreaking personal development book that can easily be applied to every aspect of civilian life - work, home, confidence, anxiety, family and friends.

©2019 Major General Paul Nanson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"Fight your own battles with Sandhurst's self-help book." (Telegraph)

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Concise but interesting

General Nanson narrates the introduction in a clipped but energetic manner, unfortunately the remainder of the book is narrated in a fairly insipid fashion by someone who clearly is struggling to build much enthusiasm for the subject matter. The narrator sounds like they must be in their 20's or early 30's - a more mature and charismatic voice would have elevated the listening experience.

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Incredible

As a budding potential officer candidate this book gives an incredible insight into the operations and logistics of the process of turning young men and women into leaders. A truly eye opening read and incredibly inspiring.

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outstanding account

I would of loved it if this book had been released 21 years ago.

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Concise guide to self improvement and discipline

A very good read, initially I thought it might be a bit short at 3 hours, but its crammed full of useful information. 10/10 would recommend to a friend if they were interested in a concise guide to self improvemeny from a military perspective.