A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 USA Today Bestseller
An #1 Amazon Bestseller
An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
A Slate Magazine Best Book of 2012: Staff Pick
A Library Journal Bestseller
An iTunes Best Audiobook of 2012
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 moments
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.
© 2012 by Mark Owen
“The bin Laden story is the marquee event in No Easy Day, of course. But the formative steps in the author’s own story are just as gripping. Mr. Owen’s new information about the Abbottobad attacks adds a human element to much of what has been previously reported. There is no better illustration in No Easy Day that SEALs are ruthless pragmatists. They think fast. They adapt to whatever faces them. They do what they have to do.”
New York Times
“[Mark Owen] has given us a brave retelling of one of the most important events in U.S. military history.”
“The book is a stomach-twisting close-up look at that historic mission in Abbottabad, told from the point of view of a super-elite member of SEAL Team Six who fired a bullet into bin Laden and helped carry away the corpse. Written in clean, polished prose... No Easy Day often reads like a gripping novel as the author recounts remarkably vivid details... No Easy Day puts you right there for every tense moment.”
“Paints an absorbing portrait of the work-a-day soldierly professionalism that proved Bin Laden’s nemesis.”
“Books on Navy SEALs have poured off the presses for years, but this one has generated national interest and controversy for a reason the title makes clear…Since bin Laden was a significant figure, historians will consult this book as a primary source; they, as well as most general readers, will not regret it.”
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An Interesting Perspective Into A Day That Will Be Remembered ForeverMarch 20, 2013I just want to start this review out in letting other listeners know that this audio book is not just about the death of bin Laden. This is another book that takes a different perspective of the life of a Seal Team Six member. Yes, it does get into the death of bin Laden, but that is much later. There is quite a bit of humor involved within this audio book, which does help move the book along a little more faster. There are a couple of dull moments here and there. All in all, it's definitely worth a listen. Especially if you're into anything military.
Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.
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- Publisher: Penguin Random House
- ISBN-13: 9781101613207