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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
Contributor(s):Owen, Mark (Author) , Maurer, Kevin (With)
 

ISBN: 0525953728   EAN: 9780525953722
Publisher: Dutton Books
US SRP: $ 26.95 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 09/04/2012
Annotation: 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 ...

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BISAC Categories:
- History | Military | Special Forces
- History | Military | United States
- History | Military | Veterans
- History | Military | Afghan War (2001-)
- History | Military | Iraq War (2003-2011)
- Biography & Autobiography | Military
LC Subjects:
-Special forces (Military science) -Terrorists
-War on Terrorism, 2001-2009 -Owen, Mark
-Bin Laden, Osama -Assassination
-Death and burial -United States
-Special operations (Military science) -Pakistan
-Abbottaabaad (Pakistan)
INGRAM Categories:
- Chronological Period | 21st Century
- Cultural Region | Asian Studies
- Cultural Region | Middle East
Dewey: 958.1046092
LC Call Number: HV6430.B55
Features: Price on Product, Illustrated, Maps, Bibliography
Target Age Group: 18 to UP
Physical Info: 1.2" H x 9.1" L x 6.1" W (1.34 lbs) 336 pages
Carton Quantity: 12  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Kirkus Reviews (10/01/2012):
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. Sensibly, the author (a pseudonym of ex-SEAL Matt Bissonnette) works with military journalist Maurer (Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces, 2012, etc.), and the result is a fast-paced, professional narrative that will appeal to military buffs as well as general readers. Raised in rural Alaska, Owen yearned to be a SEAL from childhood. He succeeded in 1998, passing the brutal screening and training. After several deployments, he passed another screening to join the SEAL's specialized anti-terrorism unit in 2004. This is a mostly traditional SEAL memoir filled with nuts-and-bolts descriptions of weapons, gear, training, tactics and short, nasty battles in which (unlike the movies) plenty goes wrong, but (like the movies) many bad guys pay the price. The book's second half delivers a precisely detailed, vivid account of the Osama bin Laden mission. Luck, good and bad, plays an essential role in any raid. One attacking helicopter crashed, but the veteran team worked around the mishap. On the bright side, the Pakistani hideout was feebly defended. The author does not deny that the SEALs shot every male on sight, bin Laden included. 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. COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Biographical Note:
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.

Review Quotes:
"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." -Janet Maslin, "New York"" Times"
"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." -"Entertainment Weekly
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" ...A cast of characters, including Owen himself, artfully drawn, yet painfully human, passionate descriptions of a lifestyle that few are privy to, as well as its breathlessly paced, inexorable march toward an inevitable ending...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." -Associated Press
"""Make no mistake: "No Easy Day" is an important historic document. Think if we had a first-person account of the last minutes of Hitler in his bunker. "No Easy Day" is brisk and compelling in its telling of the training, execution and immediate aftermath of the Bin Laden mission by the elite Seal Team Six." -"Los Angeles Times
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"[Mark Owen] has given us a brave retelling of one of the most important events in U.S. military history." -"People Magazine
""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, the constant training and the evident love that t

Brief Description:
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.

Brief Description:
Mark Owen is a pseudonym for Matt Bissonnette.

Review Quotes:
"This harrowing, minute-by-minute account by one of the highly trained members of Navy SEAL Team Six is narrative nonfiction at its most gripping, taking the reader through the mountains of Afghanistan and inside the slightly dilapidated-looking family compound in Pakistan." - "Entertainment Weekly"
"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." -Janet Maslin, "New York"" Times"
"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." -"Entertainment Weekly"
" ...A cast of characters, including Owen himself, artfully drawn, yet painfully human, passionate descriptions of a lifestyle that few are privy to, as well as its breathlessly paced, inexorable march toward an inevitable ending...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." -Associated Press
"""Make no mistake: "No Easy Day" is an important historic document. Think if we had a first-person account of the last minutes of Hitler in his bunker. "No Easy Day" is brisk and compelling in its telling of the training, execution and immediate aftermath of the Bin Laden mission by the elite Seal Team Six." -"Los Angeles Times"
"[Mark Owen] has given us

Publisher Marketing:
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 N"o 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.
And look for NO HERO, the follow-up to NO EASY DAY, coming May 2014.

Review Citations:
  • Entertainment Weekly 09/07/2012 pg. 78 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 09/03/2012 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • Entertainment Weekly 09/14/2012 pg. 20 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • People Weekly 09/17/2012 pg. 51 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • Entertainment Weekly 09/28/2012 pg. 773 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 10/01/2012 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • New York Review of Books 10/25/2012 pg. 4 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • New York Times Book Review 10/21/2012 pg. 13 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • Entertainment Weekly 12/28/2012 pg. 106 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)
  • Men's Journal 06/01/2013 pg. 35 (EAN 9780525953722, Hardcover)

Contributor Bio: Owen, Mark
Mark Owen is a former member of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare DevelopmentGroup, 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.

Contributor Bio: Maurer, Kevin
Kevin Maurer is an award-winning reporter and the bestselling author or coauthor of several books, including "Gentlemen Bastards", "Valleys of Death", and "No Easy Day.


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