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Publisher Description

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 4 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.


‘The best book of the year. First Man In will supercharge your life. Incredible.’ Tom Marcus, author of bestseller Soldier Spy

About the author

Ant Middleton is the front man for Channel 4’s hit show, SAS: Who Dares Wins. Born in Portsmouth and raised in rural France, Ant set his sights on a career in the armed forces and didn’t stop striving until he achieved his goal. Over the course of his career he has served in the Special Boat Service, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces.

May 31

Customer Reviews

Bennyboy02 ,

A must read. End of.

A truly fantastic book. Ant Middleton has experienced more things in his 37 years than most of us will have to deal with in a lifetime, yet in the way he has written this book, he manages to use those experiences to help anyone who picks up a copy, understand the sort of trivial day-to-day issues they may be going through. We can all learn something from the summary points he makes in each chapter and there are certain lessons in the book which I am sure everyone will either be able to associate to personally or for a friend. If you’re looking for an exciting page turning read, buy this book. If you’re looking for something motivational, buy this book. If you’re looking for something educational, buy this book. If you’re looking for something that will lads the time whilst on holiday or stuck on your daily commute, buy this book. I’ve never read a book so quickly in my life, and I can’t wait for the next.
Ant, you’re an inspiration.

-RUA- ,

While the title, ‘First Man In’, might suggest macho but it’s completely different :)

While the title, ’First Man In’, might suggest macho culture and how to be a ‘hard guy elite soldier’, the book in fact addresses the battles with the inner voice possessed by all. By sharing experiences from a wide range of environments that are alien to most of us, life-threatening scenarios requiring acute focus have forced Ant to really settle his debts with his demons, embraced them and allow them to empower him. This account of a wild and wonderful life should be read by anyone who’s found themselves or those close to them in trouble when striving hard to achieve their goals.

Fran D R ,

Honest and inspiring story of positivity overcoming all

I have always liked the tv shows associated with Ant but never known the story behind the man. This book gives an account of how his life has gone on a rollercoaster by using a mix of stories from his life and lessons he has learnt. It is reflective but not self centred and massively inspiring as it demonstrates what one can achieve with the right mental attitude.

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