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The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment Paperback – 18 Nov 2010


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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; Reprint edition (18 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848843860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848843868
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Virginia Cowles was an American war correspondent and historian. Her book about her own experiences as a journalist from 1936-42, Looking for Trouble, has recently been re-issued by Faber Finds. Her play, written with Martha Gellhorn, Love Goes to Press!, will have a revival on Broadway in 2011. Among her biographies are: Winston Churchill: The Era and the Man, The Astors: Story of a Transatlantic Family, The Romanovs, The Rothschilds: A Family of Fortune and Great Marlborough and His Duchess.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Rendell on 23 Feb. 2011
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I have read many books about the formation of the SAS and David Stirling but this book is probably the best. Informative without glorifying the exploits of the men who served in North Africa. I thoroughly recommend it for its content alone never mind a cracking read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lionsd on 28 Jan. 2011
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Having read numerous books on the S.A.S. activities during the Second World War and beyond I rate this as the definitive story of how the S.A.S. was formed.
I first read it shortly after it was published in 1958 but my original hard back issue was mislead.
Having read it again now after 50 years, it is as exciting as ever.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jock64 on 4 April 2013
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I bought this book many years ago and have just replaced that worn out copy.
A true review of the birth of the SAS with an easy but compelling style of writing.

This is before the sensationalisation of special forces and demonstrates the hardship of desert campaigns without air cover or all the high tech gizmos that exist now.
The invention of the lewis bomb, the realisation of the impact of the jeep on ground targets are but 2 special moments in the book.

Get it and read it. If you like military history, this is an absolute must.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Redhead on 8 Oct. 2013
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I have quite a collection of war books, and if I think I will read them again I keep them. I found this one interesting and will keep it.
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