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Andy McNab
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Book Description

25 Sep 2009

Spoken from the Front will tell the stories of what Andy McNab describes as "modern-day heroes fighting modern-day wars". It will recount the courage and hardship of British servicemen and support staff as they have faced the unique difficulties posed by the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

Andy will introduce and edit the book, but the interwoven stories will be told by those serving on the front line, in their own words. Their action-packed, dramatic, moving and often humorous testimonies will be told through interviews and diaries, and letters and emails written to family, friends and loved ones.

Spoken from the Front will be styled loosely on the Imperial War Museum's highly-successful Forgotten Voices series, but will focus on a smaller number of central characters who turn up repeatedly throughout the narrative.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593064798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593064795
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy McNab joined the infantry as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide.

During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. He wrote about his experiences in three books: the phenomenal bestseller Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and Seven Troop.

He is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK. He is a patron of the Help for Heroes campaign.


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"Andy McNab allows us a glimpse into the traumatic, and often heartbreaking, world on the frontline in Afghanistan...This is how it really is" (Warington Guardian)

"Tells the tales of hardship and heroism from Afghanistan in the words of the British people themselves" (Lancashire Evening Post)

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Real life voices from the battlefields of Afghanistan

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling reading 30 Oct 2009
An excellent book,very well written and gives a true account of what our troops are going through in afganistan.It is compelling reading,its a job to put it down once you start to read it.Reading the book really makes you feel proud of those young men fighting for us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Read 25 Feb 2011
By taylor
An excellent read. I was lucky enough to meet the author at a H4H evening. Extracts from the book were read by young members of the Armed Forces cadets which proved to be very impactive. This is a book featuring ordinary srvice personnel doing extra-ordinary jobs, recording their every day activities in a down to earth, matter of fact way. I found it compelling and insightful.
The author lets them tell their stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point but no more 26 Jun 2010
Spoken from the Front is not, the author says in the introduction, an attempt to give an in depth look at the war in Afghanistan.
Rather it aims to give a 'snapshot' of the fighting and conditions faced by our soldiers over there.
It should be best viewed as a 'starting point' and perhaps, given McNab's high profile and successes as an author, it can help in giving a much wider audience an insight into the true scale of the fighting that the soldiers are engaged in.
Students of the Afghanistan conflict will recognise that some of the more famous incidents are covered here, such as the attempted rescue of a soldier, who sadly turned out to be dead, by very brave men who strapped themselves to the sides of Apache gunship helicopters.
The epic drive taking vital new parts to a hydroelectric plant at a dam is covered briefly, along with medal winning exploits of a number of soldiers and pilots.
Spoken from the front does what it sets out to do - and no more.
It is an excellent entry point to literature on the war, and I would recommend Ed Macy's Apache and Patrick Bishop's 3 Para as good follow ups, which cover some of the big incidents mentioned in McNab's book in much greater detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am glad I am not there 1 May 2012
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I found the book very moving. Real people telling us what is going on. Our troops should be congratulated on their skill and courage. Yet again innocent young men suffer because of old mens follies. When we will ever learn. A must read for all. Hopefully we may learn to build a better future without going to war.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 30 Dec 2013
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I like him, as an author, he's seen action in Northern Ireland & various other places, his book's R action packed + a good twist near
the end.
D. S. Jones
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift 29 Aug 2013
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hubby loves these books and when he has odd spare time these are his choice of reading material happy hubby
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5.0 out of 5 stars spoken from the front by andy mcnab 26 April 2013
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i found this book very touching reading about the real life experiences our lads and lasses our going through out there
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old Acquaintance 22 April 2013
By Mike
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Again topical and a useful insight into modern soldiering but more of a reference than a narrative, from a master of the easy and exciting read, with a good Rifleman's sense of humour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoken From The Front
Great read as are all of Andy McNabs books. xxx x x x xxx xx xxx xx x x xx
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Alan S. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars another great andy mcnab read !!
cant go wrong with an andy mcnab read and as always, i wasnt disappointed :-) i would absolutely recommend this book to any andy mcnab fan and anyone wanting an interesting read... Read more
Published 17 months ago by sharon laing
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
Its written in an engaging, documentary style , almost like a war diary, that brings the situation on the ground to life; the war through the eyes of the people actually engaged in... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sean E. Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK
I enjoy this reader and as expected it was very good read. Can't wait for his next book to be published.
Published 17 months ago by Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is another excellent book by Mcnab really grips you into the story. A excellent read if you are interested in the SAS and what really happens within the regiment. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
book true to its title.Not glorified but accurate.shows what we send our kids to do for not very good reasons
Published 20 months ago by roger hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Good book tells it as it is from the front. Feels like its spoken from the heart and highlights the physical and emotional journey our troops are going through. An excellent read
Published on 19 May 2012 by Davidmac
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost excellent (with one exception)
The excellent and insightful account of how serving members of the various parts of our armed forces coped (and are coping) with the war in Afghanistan is only spoiled by the... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by tomsk23
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