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No Easy Day: The Only First Hand Account Of The Navy Seal Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden is the memoir of Mark Owen, the alias of an ex member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU). It begins with an account of his childhood in Alaska and how he nurtured a dream to be a SEAL throughout his childhood. The first portion of the book also details stories of his early days at DEVGRU and elucidates many operations performed as a part of this group in the mountain tops of Afghanistan and streets of Iraq. There is also a brief description of a hijacking rescue operation of Maersk Alabama ship, of which he was a part of. Throughout the first half of the book, Owen constantly emphasizes the dedication, professionalism and camaraderie displayed by his fellow soldiers during extremely taxing training and risky missions.
The second part of No Easy Day: The Only First Hand Account Of The Navy Seal Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden is a nail-biting second-by-second detailed recounting of Owen's days as he became part of the elite twenty four man team that eventually trained for the mission, Operation Neptune Spear, the surprise attack that was directed on Osama bin Laden.
Two weeks after the training, the helicopter borne assault force takes off from a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan flying low across the border into the night. However things start to go wrong as they venture deep inside Pakistan's heavily defended airspace.
Every moment is recounted in vivid detail, from the Black Hawk helicopter going down which threatened the entire mission till the final radio call which confirmed the death of Bin Laden. Owen says that he was part of the team that killed Bin Laden and was one of the members of the team.
The book received a mixture of shock and awe upon release from both the press and the public. It stayed on USA Today's and New York Times bestsellers list for many weeks.
About The Authors
Mark Owen is the pseudonym Matt Bissonnette, a former member of SEAL Team Six. Owen is a native of Wrangell, Alaska. His identity was initially kept secret for various security reasons but it was later revealed that his real name was Matt Bissonnette. After the mission in which he was the Team Leader, Owen retired from the Navy SEALs and started writing a book with journalist Kevin Maurer.
Kevin Maurer is an acclaimed reporter and author. He is the co-author of four other books: Valleys Of Death: A Memoir Of The Korean War, Lions Of Kandahar: The Story Of A Fight Against All Odds, No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan and the author of Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground In Afghanistan With America's Elite Special Forces. Maurer has been covering special operations forces and was embedded in Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He has been presented many awards for his reporting