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No Big Deal: The Book, Not the Mission
on September 19, 2012
Given all the fuss by the Pentagon that the author disclosed information that might threaten operational security for our military, I thought the book was very surface and did not provide much more that what was reported by the media and via other open sources. It was a pretty light read, and I believe some current television programs dealing with special operator training reveal much more. The descriptions of relationships, the stresses of training, the demands of deployment and so on, were slim. Of course, to hear details of the final assault and engagement with UBL was a rare opportunity to get the story straight from someone in the ring, but again, for all the sound and fury about the release of this book, I still think it was relatively light weight. I am speaking of the book, it's depth or lack thereof, and my comments should not be taken to in any way diminish the heroic nature of the mission or the daily work of our military in general, and our special operations teams in specific. I understand some of the author's challenges, since the real intensity of their efforts and sacrifice can never be fully captured in words.
I do recommend the book. Reader should just adjust their expectations. The hype and governmental response to the book seem overblown compared to the actual detail provided. It is a good read, moves quickly, and by the end, readers will have a good sense of how the deal went down.