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The Easy Day was Yesterday

Life, The SAS and 24 days in Jail

(10 customer reviews)
Authors: Paul Jordan
True Story, SAS, Inspiration
153mm x 234mm

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My SAS selection course instructor, was as hard as nails. At the start of each day’s training, he would say, ‘Men, the easy day was yesterday.’ With that, we’d all let out a silent sigh contemplating the tortures that lay ahead of us.

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian gaol, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and curses the miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produce a young man hell bent on being the best of the best — an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. He survives the gut-wrenching training regime, deployment to the jungles of Asia and the horrors of genocide in Rwanda before leaving the army to embark on a career as a security adviser.

His new life sees him pursuing criminals and gun-toting bandits in Papua New Guinea and the Solomons, protecting CNN newsmen as the US 7th Cavalry storms into Baghdad with the outbreak of the Iraq War, and facing death on a massive scale as he accompanies reporters into the devastated Indonesian town of Banda Aceh, flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami.

During his 24 days in an Indian gaol, Paul Jordan discovers that friendship and human dignity somehow survive the filth and deprivation. This is a personal account of a tough, hardened fighter who suddenly finds himself totally dependent on others for his every need.

The Easy Day was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest and raw, but laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan’s eventful life, however, is the strength of his bonds with family and friends and the ability of the human spirit to survive even the direst adversity.


Paul Jordan

Paul Jordan

Paul Jordan grew up in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane and at the age of 19, with very few other prospects, he decided to join the army. The army was a great fit for Paul, and within 2 years he had been accepted to attempt the SAS (Special Air Service) 4 week, arduous, selection course.  […]

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10 reviews for The Easy Day was Yesterday

  1. A very open and honest story of one man’s life. Paul’s story of his stay in an Indian jail is laced with his experiences as an SAS soldier in significant world events, which are told from a perspective very rarely spoken about. They say to know a person ‘you need to unpack their backpack piece by piece’; Paul’s backpack is extremely worn and battered but still incredibly strong. This book made me laugh, cringe and sometimes cry as I followed this incredible journey.

  2. THERE is no shortage of books by former SAS operatives relating tales of superhuman derringdo, and more than a few have been discredited. This book by former Australian SAS Trooper Paul Jordan is almost a confessional of his own human frailty. Yes, the author does document feats that few mere mortals triumph over, including passing the SAS selection course in 1988 and perhaps even more remarkable functioning as a 1138 at the 1995 massacre at Kibeho in Rwanda. However, the central theme is Jordan’s physical, psychological and emotional frailty when faced with the frustration of a scenario outside his control, incarcerated in a squalid jail in one of India’s poorest provinces. The reader senses that the author’s solitude and helplessness in prison also gave him the mechanism to look back at his life beyond the bravado of an elite warrior his parents’ divorce, his father’s personal failings, his young brother Steven’s untimely death and his relationship with his children. There is a smattering of “boys’ own” throughout the book, but it has been tempered with a touch of humility by a humbling odessey.

  3. This book is excellent . Filled with raw emotions, some humorous moment even in situations that are worse than one can possibly imagine. Told with humility and modesty by someone that has lived 6 lives in 45 years.

  4. Paul Jordan’s book is simply amazing, for someone who’s seen and done as much as he has and to be tripped up by such a insignificant technicality and endure the squalor and torment of not just any prison, but one in the poorest areas of India and to come out the other side and still seem objective and grounded is a testament to him and his amazing wife. This book has been written so well, I felt as if I was peeking over his shoulder the whole time and could vividly picture his every scene. This truly is one of the best books you will read. Ross

  5. A very blunt and open account of one man’s life journey. You can’t know a person until you ‘open their suitcase’ and this is one battered suitcase but incredibly well made with an amazing amount of strength and courage. This book gives a ground zero account from the perspective of a man involved in a number of major world events as well as walking you through his own person hell. This book made me laugh, feel angry at some of the injustices Paul has witnessed and in some parts I just cried.

  6. I have to admit, due to my own preconceived notions, the book was not exactly what I expected. However, what I discovered in the pages of this book, was not just stories about a random SAS Guy, its the story of the life of an extraordinary man and the success and failures that made him who he is today. Compelling, interesting, if you don’t feel a part of this story by the end… idk maybe your not reading right.

  7. Interesting to read a book that covers both aspects of how he got to where he is plus looking back and forward into his life.

  8. This is a memoir from very up close and personal. I’m not one who likes hearing several stories at once given out in chunks. So that I get all interested in one story and then suddenly drops you into another story and I feel like I’m starting all over again. Did you get that? Well if you’ve read any big novels in the last 20 years you know exactly what I mean. And that is kind of what’s going here. The author accidentally gets into some trouble while traveling and it’s like that program where some person tried to smuggle drugs into or out of some foreign country and got caught and now they are locked up for years and years. According to the author, he really didn’t do anything on purpose, just something stupid but the Indian government took the offense seriously. While he’s getting himself extricated, he takes time to tell how he got to be an SAS soldier, was on hand during Rwanda genocide, the Iraq conflict, and so forth. It took time for me to get the hang of the author’s pace but I got the feel of knowing him better by giving myself time to grasp it. I ended up enjoying the book a lot, as some of the reviewers that gave positive reviews and caught on right away did. Be patient and let him tell his story and you may end up knowing more than what at first meets the eye. I was sorry that it ended and that’s not a frequent occurrence for me. I would not have wanted to be in this guys shoes. He went through many very scary and difficult times and I would not want the nightmares he must have. God bless him. I felt I had to give a review in support of this book in spite of it not being what I had initially expected. This person experienced some historic and extraordinary events and relates them in marvelous ways. I appreciate the time and effort it took for this author to write his experiences and I thank him for doing so. I recommend this book for those that like to read and can let someone tell the story in their own way.

  9. Paul has written a most compelling story of his extraordinary life. I have great respect for Paul who has documented a truly honest account of what happened during the Kibeho Massacre. His account is no holds bared, accurate and not enhanced in any way, and would have to be one of the best reads I have had for quite a while. I know because I was there. The rest of Paul’s book only go’s to show what a quiet SAS hero Paul was and will always be, of which I have never had any doubt. All the best Paul.

  10. MARK COLVIN: Twenty years ago today, 32 Australians were forced to watch helplessly as a war crime unfolded before their eyes. The place was Rwanda, but this was not the massacre you probably know about. That was in 1994, and it happened when militias of the fanatical Hutu Interahamwe murdered hundreds of thousands of mostly Tutsi compatriots, the great majority at close range with machetes. This was the following year, a time when the country was supposed to be returning to normal. It happened in a camp called Kibeho. It was full of Hutu refugees but surrounded by the mainly Tutsi Rwanda Patriotic Front army which had won the war. Paul Jordan was one of the Australians on a UN medical mission to the camp.

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