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.
About the Author
Mark Owen received his PhD in Speech Recognition from Cambridge University in 1992, after which he has worked in industry on digital signal processing applications in video, audio and radar. He is currently a freelance consultant in this, and related, fields.
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"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 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 the men of SEAL Team 6 have for their jobs." -"Washington Post"
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 4th September 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.61