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First Man In: Leading from the Front Paperback – April 23, 2019
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About the Author
Ant Middleton is the author of two Sunday Times No. 1 bestsellers, First Man In and The Fear Bubble. His books have sold over 1 million copies around the world. He is an adventurer, public speaker and television presenter, best known as the front man for Channel 4’s hit show, SAS: Who Dares Wins.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 23, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008245738
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008245733
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting back to Ant himself, I cannot believe that the DS in the RE, 9 Para, the Royal Marines and the Special Forces did not recognize that Ant is a dangerous and unstable character compounded by an ego the size of a planet. By his own admission he has a hair trigger and seems to resort to extreme violence if provoked, in my experience SF operators are almost the exact opposite of this, i.e. it is almost impossible to get them to react when provoked - they only use extreme violence when there is absolutely no other way and/or if is part of a considered plan. If I had responsibility for Ant in the armed forces I would have been constantly on the lookout and worried how he would react to stressful situations, to the extent that I would probably have offloaded him. Overall Ant comes across as probably a good foot soldier that needs constant supervision and direction to keep him on track - certainly not a leader.
As for the book itself - I didn't realize it was a self-help leadership manual but since it was written by a man that needs a lot of help I'm not sure of its value. It is poorly written (by a ghost writer?) very boring in sections and contains a lot of navel-gazing. There are also huge gaps in the book and Ant implies that there things he cannot talk about, implying they are covered by the official secrets act - I suspect that he has skipped these areas for other reasons he does not wish to tell us about - this includes his relationship problems? By the end of the book it convinced me that if I saw Ant coming down the street towards me I would cross over to the other side.
This one seemed like it would be good - Ant looks interesting on the TV and as if he had a story to tell.
First off - this is a large book due to it;'s very large typeset. Had it been a normal sized font you could expect the book to be half the size. That age old publishers trick. Fine - content that matters.
Game of two halves really. The first part - his background, how he got to the Para's and how he ended up in the Marines. Interesting and would have loved to hear more about just these. About halfway through though it really loses its way and just becomes a long long story about the TV show on a boat, that I never watched or cared about.
Due to new rules one presumes there is literally nothing in here about the SBS times, how he ended up there, the experience or why and how he left. Zero. Nothing. Literally jumps from Marines (but barely anything about that) to bad boy civvy to boat story.
There is also nothing about why or how he ended up on TV, what the story was there or how the SAS programmes came about.
So - great first half (about 2 hours read) and then not much else. There also seems to have been a publisher decision to make this an "Ant's life lessons in..." type ending to each chapter. I just found this tedious and narcissistic. Would have preferred the stories.
Interesting but might be a better paperback read for some.