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The Joker: 20 Years Inside the SAS Paperback – 4 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; New edition edition (4 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233050280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233050287
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Taylor's self-deprecating, sardonic writing style turns what could have been tiresome descriptions of his training regime and his first few races into laugh-aloud prose. [His] book is both amusing and eye-opening and will appeal to a wide range of readers - even those whose running experience is limited to sprinting for the morning bus.' - Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

After completing national service, Peter Scholey turned around and signed up for the regular Army. He served two years with the Royal Army Service Corps, two years with the Royal Regiment of Artillery, then three years in the Parachute Regiment before volunteering for SAS in 1963. There he served twenty-three years in campaigns that took him all over the world.


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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2002
This has got to be one of the funniest books I've read, especially since the hilarious parts happen in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, in the direst and most hair raising moments possible. The author takes you from his life as a child in Brighton to the end of his sas career.He gives excellent accounts of the actions he was involved in. You've got to read the book to believe some of the things I could tell you, because you wouldn't believe the things possible.
In conclusion, it's a very exciting book and if you are an sas buff like me, you'll find it's one of the best on the market. If you are not an sas buff but just want to get into the subject or want something to read it gives details of all aspects of sas life and is light and entertaining. Unlike other sas books which get heavy as well as political, this gives you brief outlines of the situations just so you can understand them. But this is a funny, funny book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave B on 6 Aug. 2005
Although about 20yrs in the SAS,this book shows another side of 'The Regiment'.Like other books it details operations carried out by the SAS around the world but included are many 'laugh out loud' moments which make this book a great read.I loved it!
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i read this book some time ago not long after my father had died, he used to joke and tell us stories about his time in The "paras"How amazing to read such a wondedrfull and funny story and to see pictures wich were also of the author and my father together in cyprus not long before i was born . pete scholley has enabled me to glimpse into the life of a man i miss as each page had me gripped.To put pen to paper and keep others entertained takes a great deal of courage and the fact that this man also gave me a photo of my father. This book should be read by everyone connected to the belief of armed services fighting for the freedom of others.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Harvie on 18 Nov. 2003
This book isn't really as action-packed as you might think. If you don't know much about the SAS, it's reasonably good at giving a broad inkling of what life was like in the regiment 20 or 30 years ago. But it really seems to be a collection of mildly amusing memoirs, rather than giving any real solid information on how the SAS operate. A reasonable introduction for the beginner, but if you've read anything about the SAS this book isn't really for you.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buffalohump on 10 Mar. 2005
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His nickname was The Joker and his book lives up to its title. Much of the anecdotes throughout the Joker focus on pranks, gags and other hilarious moments that Pete Scholey experienced while in the SAS. There are a few moments of heart-stopping action, but not enough. Its very much a personal memoir but somehow glosses over the detail that could have made this a classic in military history (given his 20 years with the organisation). Perhaps the material is still classified. If you haven't already got it, read McNab's Immediate Action rather. Worth it for his account of Selection alone.
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