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The SAS Mental Endurance Handbook Paperback – 1 Mar 2002

2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (1 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585744425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585744428
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,202,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this book is wrongly titled and the word "Mental" should not be there. You would expect at least some of the book to cover ways in which mental endurance can be improved but there's practically nothing about that. To anyone at all familiar with the way in which special forces units are selected and trained this book will offer very little indeed. It's well set out and presented but sadly I think the title suggests the book will contain more than it actually does. I have no doubt at all that the author knows plenty about, for example, resistance to interrogation and other aspects of mental endurance so maybe the book could be added to to give readers some real insight.
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The thing I realised when reading this book is you can't learn how to be "mentally tough", either you are or you arn't. Mental toughness comes hand in hand with training hard and pushing yourself to the limits. Although a good book in some respects you'd be better of just repeating the mantra "I'm hard as hell and don't give a damn".....piontless
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HASH(0x9134a894) out of 5 stars Not at all what the title implies 18 Mar. 2005
By Dennis Barrett - Published on
Potential buyers will very probably think that this book outlines a methodical training program for increasing one's mental toughness and readiness for battle or other lethal confrontations. It does no such thing. There is instead, a hodgepodge of information from military manuals about general military tactics, interspersed with a bunch of commentaries about how tough the training is for various elite military units. A serious student of military science will have seen most of this info before. I gave it two stars because a reader without any background will probably find it somewhat interesting. I haven't read any of McNab's other books, so I can't make a comparison. But if you're looking for a guide to the actual toughening process used by the SAS or any other high-speed unit, you won't find it here.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b37384) out of 5 stars Uninformed, generalistic BS 9 Mar. 2002
By Eric Avila - Published on
...The title of the book has almost nothing to do with the contents, which skip around so many different military subjects I'm not sure what the point is. He touches on each subject just long enough to list a few common-sense tips, then on to the next. I especially like the ambush diagrams which show the different ambush elements and teams firing at each other ( no - it wasn't a "how not to do it" picture). Very disappointing...
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9176dd38) out of 5 stars Read the book description before buying 10 April 2006
By PsychoSchematics - Published on
I come from a background of enlisted and officer Marine Corps, working in psychiatric hospitals and counseling psychology. If you are looking for a book to strengthen your mental endurance, this ISN'T the book for you. While the book talks of improving one's mental agility, it instead talks of what some military special units do for training. General and vague, and certainly lacking do-it-yourself. Possibly the book "Art of Cross Examination" and "The Tactical Edge" are more helpful titles.
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928b7180) out of 5 stars Simply useless. 4 Aug. 2002
By MaOri - Published on
I've bought this book 'cause is one of the few talking about mental conditioning and training (this is also the reason for the second star on my rate!) involved in elite units. I've served the Italian Navy Spec. forces and i've passed a lot of "bad" days because i was very young and i didn't know anything about mental strenght...
A lot of commonsense sentences, big tactical mistakes, wrong names (COMBUSIN instead of COM.SUB.IN. !!)), useless relaxing techniques which make you like the fool of the village.
Search, study, experiment, try on your skin and then tell : "I'm ready to read a book to sharp my edge", and start the loop again, for all your life.
Simply another useless book.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x913b02a0) out of 5 stars Revealing 20 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Though this book can't really teach mental toughness, it does reveal much of interest such as: only about 15 per cent of US combat soldiers in WWII actually fired their weapons during encounters with the enemy; the best combat soldiers tend to come from stable family backgrounds; good combat soldiers generally have a higher IQ than those who buckle under fire. There is also some interesting stuff on counter-terrorist psychology and riot control. There is no other book like this on the market (I think), and it does give a detailed introduction into how the mind plays its part in winning wars. A good starting place before moving on to more academic studies.
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