As its title implies, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden, is an eye-witness testimonial of the raid that ended with the death of Osama Bin Laden by a former member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group. The author, first identified as Mark Owen, eventually revealed his true identity as Matt Bissonette. He authored this controversial insider account into the most infamous military mission of the last decade with Journalist Kevin Maurer.
The book follows Owen's early life and military career, including his involvement in the Maersk Alabama hijacking rescue operation that saved the ship's captain from Somali pirates in 2009. Next, Owen reveals he was one of the team members present in Bin Laden's compound when the terrorist was killed. This gripping account was immediately met with controversy. The U.S. Department of Defense claims the book includes classified information and should have been reviewed by them before it was released. The controversy, however, only generated more interest in the book. The publisher decided to release the book a week early and almost double its initial print run. Immediately, No Easy Day was at the top of Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and The New York Times Best Seller lists.
No Easy Day is not just a chronicle about one mission. It is a story that encompasses the camaraderie and dedication of U.S. military personnel under extremely dangerous and demanding missions. Download your copy at TheAudioBookStore.com.
Mark Owen is a pseudonym used by Matt Bissionnette, a former member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group, that led the raid against terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. After this historical mission, Owen retired from military service and began writing his first-person account along with Author and Journalist Kevin Maurer. Maurer is known for his accurate collaboration of numerous eye-witness accounts of military operations. His other works include Valleys of Death: A Memoir of the Korean War with Bill Richardson, Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds with Rusty Bradley and No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan with Mitch Weiss.
For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moment
From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group — commonly known as SEAL Team Six — has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.
No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.
In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America’s ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military. Owen’s story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs’ quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11. In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe. Download and start listening now!