The Originals: The Secret History Of The Birth Of The Sas: In Their Own Words

Paperback | October 3, 2006

byGordon Stevens

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A military history exclusive: The most important book ever written about the SAS, in the words of its founding members.

“We’ve been approached something like twenty-five times since the war. I kicked each out the window because they weren’t going to make it with the integrity we require the story of the SAS to be told.”
–Colonel Sir David Stirling, OBE, DSO, Founder of the SAS

Based on over 120 hours of recently uncovered video and audiotape, The Originals tells the story of the birth of the Special Air Services in the words of its founding members. Even David Stirling, founder of the regiment, contributed to the project (most historians believe he died without giving a single interview). But here, for the first time, is their own story of how the SAS was formed.

It is a surprisingly human story about a gang of misfits coming together to create a unit like no other. There was the maverick son of a Scottish laird; a boy who lied about his age to enlist; a policeman; a cheeky cockney; a Lincolnshire boxer; an Irish rugby international imprisoned for beating up his commanding officer; an Oxford rowing president and a quietly-spoken man of God.

The Originals covers the regiment’s formation in 1941 to its supposed disbanding in 1945. With only two founding members alive today, it is not only an important document but also a thrilling and moving read that will leave you reeling.

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A military history exclusive: The most important book ever written about the SAS, in the words of its founding members.“We’ve been approached something like twenty-five times since the war. I kicked each out the window because they weren’t going to make it with the integrity we require the story of the SAS to be told.” –Colonel Sir Dav...

Gordon Stevens is an award-winning documentary maker and best-selling thriller writer. He is one of the few journalists invited to become a member of the Special Forces Club.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 3, 2006Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0091901820

ISBN - 13:9780091901820

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