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.
"This is a must read for anybody who is interested in the top tier of our military warriors. The book walks you thru one warriors life from before service thru what some would consider the most symbolic mission for American forces in our life time. Even if you have no military background it gives you an appreciation of what it takes to be the best of the best. I do prefer books that are narrated by the author, it brings the book alive. "
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