First Man In by Ant Middleton

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. The...

Details First Man In

TitleFirst Man In
Release DateMay 31st, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Audiobook, War, Military Fiction, Autobiography

Reviews First Man In

  • Lynette
    I have really enjoyed this book (listen) and it was easy to finish. Overall though I don’t really like him having listened to his account of his life, honest that it was, he’s actually a bit of a prick when it comes down to it.
  • Amy
    I'm not one for leaving reviews for anything, however with this book I just couldn't resist. Not only is this book one of those precious few that you can't put down until you've digested all of its contents, but it's also a book that enables self-reflection and self-evalutaion, encouraging you to be the best version of you. I would recommend this book for anyone, whether you're the most self-assured person out there or someone who is lacking self...
  • Sarah
    Well, this book wasn't really my cup of tea. Not because of the genre, which I generally find fascinating, but I found it to be a bit tedious; I didn't really care about him as a person (he seemed a bit of a dick, that wasn't very likeable to be honest) and rushed the last few chapter so I could finish the book and return it to the friend I had borrowed it from. I very nearly didn't bother and finishing the book did not enrich the experience for ...
  • Pippa DaCosta
    Ant makes no apologies for who he is and if you've seen him on TV, he says often enough that it takes a special kind of person to excel in the SAS. The kind of person who is trained to plunge into insane situations and thrive. Unfortunately, in Ant's case, he walks that line between good and outright nut-so, just erring on the side of good (he could easily go either way), but it makes him unlikeable for most readers. (His persona is much "nicer" ...
  • Andy Allsopp
    If I had to sum up the entire book in one quote, it'd be the following:"People might think I’m an arrogant twat, but that doesn’t bother me because I’ve looked in the mirror and I know that I’m not."If you think he's right, then this is an interesting book full of life lessons that you can apply every day. I don't think he's right.
  • Zoe Hall
    An absolutely fantastic read. After first seeing Ant on SAS: Who Dares Wins, I’ve been fascinated by his life. I recently saw Ant on his tour and think he’s an interesting and endearing speaker. This book felt like an extension of that night. A great read, filled with real stories that convey important life tips. I would highly recommend this book.
  • Stuart
    Really disappointing, l thought this might be a good read unfortunately not
  • Heidi
    What a great insight in to the life of Ant Middleton and how he came to be the man he is, wow what a life he's led! By the end of it I wondered if there is anything this man isn't capable of?But the purpose of this book was to inspire the reader to take control of their life and harness the lessons we learn and use them in a positive way. Initially flicking through the book I wondered what the ending of each chapter entitled Leadership Lessons co...
  • Catherine
    The problem with leadership books based on experiences while kicking in Afghan doors, or smashing up squaddies and getting arrested, or re-enacting the mutiny on the bounty is that they're often quite specific to that experience. The value gained is applicable in that and similar situations, but it isn't necessarily obvious how to apply this in your regular life.Honestly, if this hadn't been Ant Middleton's book, I definitely wouldn't have got it...
  • Teena Evans
    This book was outstanding! I literally could not put it down. I was quite intrigued after watching Ant on various TV shows, as to the kind of man he is. The thing with TV is, you always wonder what is actually the truth and what’s shown for entertainment value. So, suffice to say I was hopeful that the book would be as brutally honest, as Ant seems his whole on-screen demeanour to be. Thankfully, I was not disappointed!The book recounts an amaz...
  • Katie.g
    4.5 stars.I’d had my eye on this autobiography for a while. I was never one for autobiographies but recently I’ve been drawn to positive mental and physical challenges that other people have faced. Ways they’ve overcome their difficulties and the events that have shaped who they are today.Ant is one of these people. He served for years in the military and navy and had plenty of ups and downs along the way. I really enjoyed learning about th...
  • Ruthi Burgess
    I sort of enjoyed it but was left with the overwhelming thought that being in the armed services is an excuse for thuggery. It's great to use anger as your motivation but can it always be channelled like that against an enemy of some sort. It bothers me that someone can see red and knock someone out with a single punch, dislocating their jaw. I get that there's an over all message and he seems like a likeable bloke but I struggle with someone pro...
  • Ryan Chadderton
    Great book, great author. Bought the book at Ant's signing in Manchester. Read the first third in the queue and the remaining over the next 24 hours. The book differs from other special forces biographies in that its underlying story is a lesson of leadership.I would 100% recommend this book to anyone. There are such a wide number of things to take from this book; whether you come for the story of his life or the leadership lessons he provides, y...
  • Ian Pennock
    I’d seen Ant on TV, then live at my local theatre where he gave a thought provoking show. I bought the book after to gain an insight in to the man. Overall it’s an interesting read & there are bits I should probably read over to cement certain things in my mind. Having said that, there are also bits of the book I found pointless & they seemed page fillers.
  • Mick
    This was probably one of the best reads as an ex armed forces member myself I have read since bravo two zero.... superb!
  • Pete Davis
    Really enjoyed this book. Ant has led an interesting life and there are some life lessons to be noted. However I do think he is somewhat of a borderline sociopath. 8/10
  • Matt Oliver
    A lovely book about leadership and lessons from the military. No nonsense and motivating.
  • Martin
    A great read. Leadership lessons all in one.
  • John
    A good book with principles of Leadership and self development/awareness of Ant Middleton’s life Journey.
  • Robert Rouse
    Brilliant book, easy read an example of how you can overcome the many struggles in life and succeed.
  • Jonathan Downing
    Yeah, very good book. Most chapters had pretty cheesy titles, but his "leadership lessons" were good and highly applicable.
  • Ollie Rising
    Great book - less of a life lesson and more of an autobiography. Really interesting bloke.
  • Xiang Li
    Not much of the content is actually teaching you how to lead. To me this book seemed more like a marketing tool for Middleton to show the world, this is where he began and this is where he is now. Majority of the book is actually about what not to do, i.e. not hit a cop.... not do anything stupid to get into jail as you will disappoint your family and friends... etc... these things are pretty standard for most people. Some chapters were quiet int...
  • Abbie Hooton
    The most shocking thing for me was realising that he hasn't had the straight forward life that I thought he would have had. I figured he would have gone straight into the army and everything work from there, but not for this guy, he definitely fought some demons and plenty of battles before deciding where he was happiest! It was so interesting to read about the different parts of his life, the highs and lows and some of the frankly crazy stuff he...
  • Lucy
    This is so nearly a good book. Elements of it are interesting, and parts of the story of Ant’s life are sufficiently unusual to make for an engaging narrative. But oh dear god the toxic masculinity, the unexamined sexism, the lack of true self-awareness in something that calls itself some kind of self-help book. I counted about thirty times when I was deeply disappointed as I read this book - not that things happened in Ant’s life, but that h...
  • Victoria Woods
    I really enjoyed this, I had no idea how much he had done/been through - not all of it positive. An interesting insight in to perhaps a somewhat troubled life. Some interesting take home messages
  • Matthew
    A very readable book, especially the first half covering his training which is particularly interesting and gives you a really good insight into. It's very ghostwritten in that way that it's super stylised in it's depiction of events, that's not a criticism as such but just sometimes I found it took you out of the story a little. The clunky 'Art of War' observations that you could apply to business or everyday life I also found a little cliche an...
  • Patrick Oakley
    True leader, ultra positive human being!!Really enjoyed this book, bit of comedy from the moment he turned up for basic training (1 week early!!) to the more serious stuff like Afghan. I'm guessing Ant wasn't aloud to reveal too much about the SBS as he only really speaks of the recruitment/selection, no mention of any missions. Enjoyed the story regarding the young girl he helped reunite with her mother.
  • Rob Thompson
    Everyone makes mistakes, it's how you make your next move that counts .....“People might think I’m an arrogant twat, but that doesn’t bother me because I’ve looked in the mirror and I know that I’m not.”Anthony Middleton is an English former soldier, adventurer and television presenter. He is best known as the Chief Instructor on the Channel 4 television series SAS: Who Dares Wins a reality quasi-military training television programme...
  • Rose Auburn
    I've waited a day to write this review (normally write them the day I finish a book) purely because I am not entirely sure what to say. I had been looking forward to reading this and it was a bit of a disappointment. Maybe I expected something different, I thought there would be more about his military career whereas it's kind of 'Life and Lessons with Ant'. It's certainly readable, the writing style is very easy and basic, you could easily polis...