best-selling author, "bravo Two zero"
Performance under pressure
Working in hostile environments
Andy McNab is a former SAS soldier and best-selling author of “Bravo Two Zero” (1993), the account of his capture and torture in Iraq in the first Gulf War. By the time he left the SAS in 1993, he was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier.
During his career, Andy worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including operations with police forces, prison services, anti-drug forces and western backed guerrilla movements as well as on conventional special operations.
In the Gulf War, he commanded the famous Bravo Two Zero patrol, an eight man patrol tasked with destroying underground communication links between Baghdad and north-west Iraq and with finding and destroying mobile Scud missile launchers. The patrol infiltrated Iraq in January 1991, but was soon compromised. A fierce fire fight with Iraqi troops ensued and the patrol was forced to escape on foot to Syria.
Three of the eight men were killed; four were captured after three days on the run; one escaped. One of the four taken prisoner, Andy was held for six weeks and was relentlessly tortured. By the time he was released he was suffering from nerve damage to both hands, a dislocated shoulder, kidney and liver damage and had contracted hepatitis. After six months of medical treatment he was back on active service.
“Bravo Two Zero” is the highest selling war memoir of all time and has sold over 1.7 million copies in the UK alone. He has also written two others: "Immediate Action" and "Seven Troop". In addition, he is author of the best-selling Nick Stone thrillers as well as a series for young adults.
Andy continues to be a widely sought-after security consultant and adviser. He is currently working with politicians to tackle both Islamist and Right Wing extremism. Through his military recruitment business, ForceSelect, he advises on the recruitment of ex-servicemen and women. He also provides personnel for corporations and individuals working in hostile environments through his private security company.
Andy is a passionate campaigner and fundraiser for charities such as Help For Heroes and Childline. He is also a regular advisor for TV and Hollywood, working on films including Heat, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour, The Expendables and The Transporter series.
As the phenomenal success of "Bravo Two Zero" and his subsequent books have shown, Andy is an extraordinarily compelling story-teller.
Through powerful stories of first-hand experiences, Andy talks about key motivational themes such as leadership, dealing with high pressure situations and strategy.