First Man In - Ant Middleton

First Man In

By Ant Middleton

  • Release Date: 2018-05-31
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 2,306 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.


  • Inspired

    By Rich 32
    A truly inspirational book which shows that with determination control and self belief, big things can be achieved.. thanks for sharing your story
  • Brilliant read!

    By Nicky Moir
    Brilliant from start to finish, now onto the fear bubble.
  • Ant Middleton first man in

    By FlashC🥊
    Amazingly honest,and incredibly inspirational!!!
  • Amazing!!!

    By Raquel333jbb
    Just couldn’t put this book down, it’s changed how I feel about life and how positivity works and how to tackle negative forces. Amazed with this book and could read it time and time again. Well done Ant Middleton on achieving amazing goals!
  • Really good read!

    By ELouise233
    Really good read! Was a good insight into his life and before his “fame” . One of those reads where you just keep turning the page.
  • Inspiring.

    By Cfcxsdcc
    Decent book, some good advice and admire him and what he’s achieved from what seems like a rollercoaster of a life.
  • Great read

    By greenocklad73
    As ex army the experiences in this book resonates with me and the problems that can be caused by promoting people’s failures rather than their successes. We are all human and the book clearly shows that even those who we admire sometimes fall from Grace but it’s how they fall and land that makes the difference and Ant demonstrates this clearly.
  • Fabulous read

    By swinton85
    A great book for which I have taken many elements to improve my life.
  • Fantastic

    By Lordbeeds
    Absolutely a fantastic read. Highly recommend
  • Brilliant

    By Chrislawn
    I’m not a person that often reads books but a friend recommended it to me to read. I was hooked from the start, the book gave me the urge to re think how I look at things in life it was eye opening. I would recommend this book to anyone.