No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer

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...it paints an absorbing portrait of the work-a-day soldierly professionalism that proved Bin Laden's nemesis.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling 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—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 his fellow SEAL team members 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 into the War on Terror and details the formation 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 several 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.

And look for NO HERO, the follow-up to NO EASY DAY, coming May 2014.


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About Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer

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Mark Owen is a former member of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many years as a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Owen was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist mastermind's hideout, where he witnessed Bin Laden's death. Mark Owen's name and the names of the other SEALs mentioned in No Easy Day have been changed for their security.Kevin Maurer has covered special operations forces for nine years. He has been embedded with the Special Forces in Afghanistan six times, spent a month in 2006 with special operations units in east Africa, and has embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq and Haiti. He is the author of four books, including several about special operations.
 
Published August 5, 2012 by Dutton Adult. 337 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, War, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 27 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Good
on Sep 10 2012

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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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by DEXTER FILKINS on Oct 19 2012

Even though we know the basics of the story, Bissonnette takes us on a great ride. This is a book of details.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 02 2012

Although “No Easy Day” gives a strong sense of SEAL camaraderie...the author’s fellow fighters are identified strangely at best. One is said to have a big head. Another has “hands as big as shovels.”

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Sep 03 2012

...it paints an absorbing portrait of the work-a-day soldierly professionalism that proved Bin Laden's nemesis.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Gail Welborn on Oct 10 2012

...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.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Gail Welborn on Oct 09 2012

“No Easy Day” is more than a story of courageous SEALS. It’s a story of cost, sacrifice and the extreme human toll paid to accomplish “dirty jobs” that keep our nation secure.

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Washington Times

Below average
Reviewed by Gary Anderson on Sep 12 2012

With two possible exceptions, I see nothing in the book that reveals anything that has not yet been leaked to writers who have done previous accounts.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Tony Perry on Sep 05 2012

"No Easy Day" renders in dramatic fashion those tense minutes in Abbottabad in May 2011. The dominant tone of the book is one of cool detachment, a perfectionist describing a day (actually, a night) at the office.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Kevin Maurer on Aug 31 2012

The public deserves to hear Mark Owen's account of the Bin Laden raid for many reasons. Chief among them is that though Bin Laden is dead, others will plot to attack the United States. We will need more men like the SEALs who answered the call in Abbottabad...

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Bergen on Aug 29 2012

...the writing is fast-paced, and Owen and Maurer tell some good yarns in a conversational style. They also neatly capture the camaraderie, the pranks...and the evident love that the men of SEAL Team 6 have for their jobs.

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Jacksonville.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Rich Klinzman on Sep 23 2012

This book is a must read for anyone intrigued by our military heroes. It is a story that needed telling from the inside.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Brunner on Aug 31 2012

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.

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The New American

Above average
Reviewed by Thomas R. Eddlem on Sep 10 2012

The author — who was the second man in bin Laden's room on the night of the raid — takes pains to spread around the credit for the raid.

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PolicyMic

Above average
Reviewed by Claire Tighe on Sep 20 2012

...No Easy Day does not divulge what would be considered confidential information. Rather, it explains the inner workings of the mind of a Navy SEAL and accounts for Bissonette’s personal experiences.

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US Daily Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Candace Salima on Nov 04 2012

Well written, No Easy Day is an easy must read for those who truly want to understand the sacrifices others make on our behalf.

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Lehigh Valley Live

Good
on Sep 17 2012

He details the physically and mentally grueling and near-constant training. And he doesn't shirk from alluding to the failed relationships left behind.

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Red State

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Emanuel on Sep 06 2012

...as a military memoir the book has a great deal to offer. Training, team life, and the bond between operators is effectively described, and the operations Owen chooses to include are vividly recounted, providing a feeling of being on the scene...

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Washingtonian

Below average
Reviewed by Shane Harris on Jul 18 2014

...personal grievance was a significant influence, as well as an understandable and commendable desire to document such an extraordinary moment in history. But had Owen just stuck to those facts, his claims that politics had nothing to do with his decision would be more credible, and he still would have told a really good story.

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The Capital Times

Good
Reviewed by Kim Curtis on Sep 15 2012

it’s a remarkably intimate glimpse into what motivates men striving to join an elite fighting force like the SEALS — and what keeps them there.

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Times Live

Below average
Reviewed by Paul Ash on Oct 16 2012

...the only thing that matters is the truth. Without it, memoirs are no more than novels. As it happens, there has been enough reporting on the Abbottabad raid that a pretty coherent account can be pieced together from various sources, which raises the question: what, then, is the point of No Easy Day if the “inside story” is hardly new?

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Under the Radar

Good
Reviewed by WARD CARROLL on Sep 04 2012

At once a security breach and a must-read, No Easy Day is a definitive reading of the definitive mission of the post-9/11 wars.

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New America Foundation / Slate

Good
on Aug 30 2012

Pfarrer’s book is being reissued on Sept. 11 in paperback. Don’t waste your money on it. Buy Owen’s book to find out what really happened that night in Abbottabad.

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Before It's News

Good
on Oct 17 2012

I strongly recommend reading the book “No Easy Day” by Mark Owen, A quick easy read that provides exceptional information about one of the most important events of our lifetime, the killing Of Osama bin Laden

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by Crush on Oct 13 2012

...we definitely deserve to know the truth about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, one of the most important military operations in our nation's history.

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Book Club Classics

Above average
Reviewed by Kristen on Apr 19 2013

...as a gripping tale of action, No Easy Day is second to none. For some, reading this may make sleeping at night a bit easier. But as a reading of our country’s moral compass, a peek into what is required to keep our country safe is disheartening.

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Winnowed

Above average
on Sep 23 2012

Written in simple, functional prose, No Easy Day is a compelling read. It will be interesting to see if the US government takes Bissonnette to task for writing it.

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Liberty Books

Above average
on May 06 2012

He details the physically and mentally grueling and near-constant training. And he doesn’t shirk from alluding to the failed relationships left behind.

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