First Man In

First Man In

By Ant Middleton

  • Release Date : 2018-05-31
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 2.33 MB
Score: 4.5
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First Man In 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.


  • First man in, last book bought

    By Dc fan859
    Before reading the book I had a totally different idea of who I thought Ant was, he has certainly moulded his own life and come through adversity. Having said that I didn’t feel a strong connection after reading through his story, all of his examples and snippets of war stories left much to be desired and mostly centred around him pulling the strings as a leader from afar. He joined and passed out as a royal marine commando and mentioned one story that didn’t really pack a punch. Love watching him in action on the TV but I really wish he would have put more into a book which costs more than it delivered. I have like to put a book down feeling satisfied.... this left me disappointed
  • Inspirational

    By Kelly_B_35
    What an honest, thought provoking, inspirational book. A must read.
  • Brilliant!

    By Subee321
    Fascinating insight. Kept my attention the whole way through. Read in one sitting. Wanted it to carry on
  • Loved it!

    By LBU89
    Loved this book - so much so, I wished it was longer! Couldn’t put it down.
  • Inspiring

    By Heavylad
    If you’re a young lad looking for some inspiration; read this. An honest account of what it takes to battle your demons and become a real man. Huge amount of respect to Ant Middleton.
  • Great read

    By scase11
  • Honest and practical lessons in leadership - an engaging read

    By npeter76
    I usually start books and either don’t finish them or take forever. This book had me from the beginning and I couldn’t wait to finish reading it. It is an honest account of his experiences and the leadership lessons he learnt along the way. It helped me make sense of some things I had observed in my own life but could not make sense of. I highly recommended read for anyone.
  • First man in

    By 1234powell1234
    Amazing book lots of interesting facts about ant I had not known before reading the book
  • Overcome yourself and you will master all

    By Dodddsy
    Great read. Demons are there to be conquered. I
  • Great Read

    By JDUK0489
    Great read and enlightening.