First Man In - Ant Middleton

First Man In

By Ant Middleton

  • Release Date: 2018-05-31
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 107 Ratings


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.


  • Great book!

    By zaxeth
    Best book I’ve written in ages, extremely eye opening & has changed my perspective on life drastically
  • First man in

    By jimnesia
    Was a bit disappointed that ant skirted over most of the time whilst in the marines and the sbs. I was expecting more details on his deployments especially whilst in the sbs and less elsewhere in his career. Worth a read but nothing special unfortunately, hopefully a sequel may go into these areas more
  • Ant Middleton

    By steph-40
    Humbling and very true to live in a format that pulls no punches. Think forward leave the past behind Great read ... truly inspirational.
  • First man in

    By todd :D
    Superb riveting read changed how i deal with everyday challenges
  • Astounding

    By minifindlay
    Exceptionally good book, gives some amazing insight to the intriguing life of Ant Middleton. The leadership lessons in this book are an invaluable tool and is something I will be referring back to in times of difficulty. Would definitely recommend to anyone. 5 Stars
  • Great read, couldn’t put it down!

    By NPigdon
    This was a great read and filled with great stories. It’s well written and I couldn’t put it down!
  • Good self help book.

    By kentyboy66
    It’s a cross between a self help book and a biography. I think it is a bit short on the latter as I would have liked a bit more about his time in the SBS as there is nothing beyond Selection.
  • Can’t wait for the next page

    By Trezan_uk
    Brilliant book, in my 33 years I’ve never finished a single book but this one I wished there were more pages
  • Great read.

    By LipGloss Warrior 167802
    Read in only 3 sittings...loved it.
  • Great read.

    By nhout82
    An honest & open account from someone who continues to inspire & motivate. Hope to hear more stories from his days in service.