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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden Paperback – 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M588K8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was very well written and a great read.
Mark Owen's book gives a great account of the life of a SEAL and the mission that took the life of Osama Bin Laden.
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Good book, good read and great to know guys like these are on our side!!

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I am usually a very slow reader and my attention often wanders, especially with non-fiction. This book though kept my attention completely. From the author's opening notes about how nothing in this book violates secrecy or operational security to the very last chapter I was completely captivated. The writing is superb and the flow of the book is great.

I highly recommend that you read this book. It is excellent not just as history, or a story, but also a book about how winners think. Guys like "Owen" look at challenges and life completely differently than average people do, and reading this book gave me a wonderful insight into his head. To get an honest view into the thought processes of someone like "Owen" is a unique and incredible opportunity.

I really enjoyed this book and feel like I learned a tremendous amount from it. I highly recommend it.

People who are bashing the book for being a sell out or violating secrecy either have not read the book or are looking at it from a very unique and odd perspective. I find it especially perplexing that some people are bashing him using his experience to gain fame and profit. Considering he wrote under a pseudonym and is donating a majority of the book's proceeds to charity, I can't really understand these accusations. He explains throughout the book that he was motivated to become a SEAL, in part, by reading a similar book about missions in Vietnam. I think that his primary motivation in writing this book is to inform the public, especially those very very few who might make up a future generation of SEALs and Delta operators.
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316 of 373 people found the following review helpful By Ethan VINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
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"No Easy Day" by Mark Owen (a pseudonym) is published by Dutton Adult. It is the story of a Navy SEAL, an elite special operations warrior with its climax in the story of the raid and death of Osama Bin Laden.

Immediately striking is the author's ability to picture himself as a real, flawed person. He shows appreciation for others in his line of work without painting them as either unbelievably superhuman or as some kind of fringe military extremists. The characters are revealed to be dedicated to an intense level of self-discipline and while admitting to errors in performance, they have the persistence to improve their skills at the highest levels of military training and preparation in the world today. It is the very humanity of the characters that brought me into the story. It's a book about struggle and those who find the work-arounds to defeat.

There is nothing in my reading of this book to signal the author is being deceitful or embellishing his role in warfare for personal gain. The author was straightforward in the introduction by informing the reader that he has taken necessary precautions for preventing the inadvertent release of classified information. He neither sets himself up as a some kind of national hero or as a potential platform for a future political career. It is smoothly written without being crass or overly graphic.

As becomes evident, the author is motivated out of a desire to positively influence other young men to pursue their dreams regardless of whether it works out as military service or not. Owen's personal tale begins as a young man who was profoundly influenced by the reading of a book about a special operations predecessor.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Tradecraft TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2012
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No Easy Day by former U.S. Navy SEAL "Mark Owen," a pseudonym, is the story of Operation Neptune Spear and the killing of Osama bin Laden. Owen was part of the elite Seal Team 6 which is actually an older name for DEVGRU (Development Group) which has now been changed to another name which is classified. Owen was honorably separated in 2011 after serving more than 10 years and 13 deployments. Due to writing this book one thing is certain which is this former DEVGRU operator has been ostracized by the men of DEVGRU. Owen will forever be persona non grata by his former teammates for writing about his former unit.

While the book is subtitled, "The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden" the beginning of the book of focused more on Owen's life to include some very basic information of his time growing up in Alaska. He discusses how he learned to responsibly use a firearm at a young age. How reading the book Men In Green Faces by former SEAL Gene Wentz inspired Owen to become a SEAL. Also discussed is the selection and assessment process known as "Green Team" for DEVGRU along with very basic information on their training. Mental toughness is briefly discussed and it becomes very apparent that it is a significant factor that cannot be underestimated and is not only required to be a SEAL but must be finely honed to be a member of DEVGRU. He spends time discussing his gear commonly referred to as a "kit" and how he meticulously organizes and takes care of all his equipment in an OCD-like manner. He has a separate color coded bag for close quarter Battle (CQB), high altitude-high opening parachute jumps (HAHO), and his combat swimmer dive kit.
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