First Man In - Ant Middleton

First Man In

By Ant Middleton

  • Release Date: 2018-05-31
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 4.5
From 3,089 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 Read

    By bulboa
    Got to give it to him what a book , respect this guy so much and he deserves every bit of it , great information about his life and his lessons learned what an inspirational character Mr Middleton is and has become.
  • Overcoming adversity to lead from the front

    By JDMXI
    In this book Ant describes the ups and downs of his life and the leadership lessons he’s gleaned from the experiences. There are some cliche leadership moments/lessons and some of the chapters feel unfinished (I feel some detail was missed). There is also very little talk about his time in the SAS/SBS. However, there are some very interesting experiences portrayed by Ant and they really bring to life the self-development / leadership points.
  • Great book

    By Boxing62526
    Great book.
  • First man in

    By Duggy 85
    Class from start to finish
  • First man in

    By Turk 5444
    Not what I was expecting respect to the man but this book just glosses over too much it’s as if it’s a tester to see if people will read it then he’ll bring other books out slowly releasing snippets of his remarkable life to fund his lifestyle just bring a book out about your time in the special forces warts and all and that will be a best seller
  • Awesome read 👍

    By Indiana001
    Lessons in life can be learnt from this book. A real insight into army life and what it takes to be the best of the best.
  • The Power of Positivity

    By HandOfTheKing96
    A gripping read throughout, teaching some valuable lessons along the way. Whether you like Ant Middleton or not, it doesn’t matter.
  • My First Book

    By Reading130
    I’m 21 years old and this is the first ‘proper’ book I’ve read completely. I’ve never really been interested in books as I’m much more of a kinetic learner. However, this book has tailored itself to allow me and I’m sure many others to learn many, many things. At quite a young age I’m always trying to better myself in anyway possible. This book allowed me to form questions to ask myself that I could never have conjured up without it, so that I can answer them honestly and realise what’s important and what I need to do to change things about me that I don’t like as much as it could appear to others. 100% would & will recommend to everyone and anyone. There’s no doubt in my mind that at least 90% of the population will benefit from this book in one way or another.
  • Amazing.

    By Cam 20
    Straight to the point, raw and real. One of the best books I’ve ever read.
  • Excellent

    By stevenf1979
    I’ve read his latest book the fear bubble and was inspired. I then watched his documentary on Everest and was inspired, this book is the same. Great honesty and realism. Ant is a true leader and I’ll take his advise into my day to day life